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The Women’s Resource Center seeks to foster a supportive environment for all students, faculty, and staff who identify as members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) community. As part of the SAFE ZONE Program –BMCC’s LGBTQ advocacy program through which faculty are trained as Allies, the Center serves as an inclusive designation for all members of the college community. Allies are trained to listen, empathize with and advocate for the awareness of LGBTQ students. The program was developed as a direct response to the violence and discrimination faced by members of the LGBTQ community both on and off campus.

▶ Learn more about BMCC's LGBTQ Services.

What does domestic violence in the LGBTQ community look like?

Research indicates that domestic violence among same-sex couples occurs at similar rates as domestic violence among straight couples. Members of the LGBTQ community facing domestic violence often experience unique issues, requiring specific responses and resources. There is a shortage of unique resources available to victims of same-sex partner domestic abuse. Law enforcement fails to identify and properly handle such cases, which can be attributed to societal stigma and the lack of legal recognition of same-sex relationships. LGBTQ abusers use many of the same tactics as abusers that do not identify as LGBTQ, such as: social isolation, emotional and psychological abuse, economic control, and physical and sexual violence to perpetrate domestic violence against their intimate partners.

The LGBTQ community deals with domestic violence issues that may include, but are not limited to:

  • Batterers may threaten “outing” the victim, who is still “in the closet,” to their colleagues, families or friends
  • Fear of revealing their sexual orientation or sexual identity to law enforcement agencies
  • Reluctance to seek help out of fear of showing a lack of solidarity among LGBTQ community
  • Law enforcement are more likely to see fighting as mutual for same-sex partners

▶ Visit the Domestic Violence Resources on our Resources page.

Women's Resource Center

199 Chambers Street, Room S340
New York, NY 10007
Phone: (212) 220-8165

Debbie O. Parker Director
(212) 220-8165

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.