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Double Stigma

Today we’d like to share some information about minority groups and Intimate Partner Violence, written by one of our contributors, Whitney Akers. Many members of communities of color, people with disabilities, the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTIQ) community, and older adults face barriers to reporting violence and accessing support services.  Why? Unfortunately, another layer of stigma if often placed on them or their community if they report. Here are some quotes from survivors in our research study:

“Because I'm deaf, everything had to be my fault.  Because the others couldn't communicate with me without an interpreter, the burden was upon me to communicate...and my partner was the interpreter.  She wouldn't let me request a neutral interpreter for our counseling sessions, etc…The few times I tried to talk with our priest or our counselor,  (I experienced stigma in their assumption that) it was not possible—‘my partner was hearing, she loved me, I was deaf and somehow therefore to blame, I misunderstood’.”

Another survivor in the LGBTIQ community shared her experience which was also shaped by her career and the lack of a safe space to be open about her sexuality, 

“It was never actually classified as domestic violence for two reasons: 1, because Don’t Ask Don’t Tell was still in place in the military at the time, so I couldn't tell anyone we were dating much less that she was abusing me, and 2, and I think this is still the case, the military Uniform Code of Military Justice defines domestic violence as something that can only happen between opposite sex couples.”

Immigrant populations face unique challenges to reporting violence and seeking legal help due to barriers such as fear of deportation, unawareness of support sources, language barriers, and diverse family dynamics. The following article from the Washington Post further describes this. http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/for-immigrant...

In fact, in order to study this more, See the Triumph is conducting a new research study on immigrants’ perceptions of IPV, stigma, and culture, which you can learn more about here http://www.seethetriumph.org/1/post/2013/11/new-s...

We invite you to share the article and call for research participants in an effort to reach out and support those you know who might be facing this double stigma of IPV. We can’t do it without you.

-Christine and Allison, Co-founders, See the Triumph campaign

How you can help

The two main goals that drive the See the Triumph campaign are to end the stigma surrounding intimate partner violence and to develop resources to support survivors. We've decided to dedicate the Summer of 2015 to the theme of "Supporting Survivors."  This focus is critical to our mission at See the Triumph for many reasons, including the following:  Survivors of abuse often feel…

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Every community needs strong voices for ending intimate partner violence and ensuring that survivors within those communities are supported and able to access helpful resources. Based on our research and our work thus far with the See the Triumph campaign, we have learned that every person can make a difference by challenging the stigma surrounding intimate partner violence within their own…

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We invite you to take this pledge to share a message of strength and support to those who have been a victim of any form of intimate partner violence. Unfortunately, survivors of intimate partner violence are so often are judged and stigmatized in our society.  This pledge is for every victim and survivor of an abusive relationship who has been told that she or he is to blame for that abuse.  …

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