Healing and Support Services
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LGBT Detroit provides individual and phone crisis intervention counseling and community advocacy for LGBTQ survivors of sexual assault, partner abuse, hate crimes, and human trafficking. This empowerment-based service allows survivors to regain control and lead counseling conversations. Incorporating the dynamic and unique needs of LGBTQ survivors, counseling and community advocacy are met in the survivor designated time-frame.
Support groups allow survivors to work collectively on recognizing the signs of abusive relationships, community empowerment, and healing. Facilitators provide education on power and control tactics while participants have a space to empower themselves to gain control over their lives.
Does your partner:
- Threaten to “out” you to your friends, family, or co-workers?
- Use your friends and tight-knit community against you so you feel powerless to seek help?
- Blame you for being abused due to your sexual orientation?
- Make you feel like police, counselors, and the criminal justice system will not believe you due to your sexual orientation?
What is partner abuse?
The National Coalition of Anti-Violence defines partner abuse as “a pattern of behavior where one partner coerces, dominates, or isolates another partner to maintain power and control over the partner and the relationship.” This abuse can affect the wellbeing of LGBTQ individuals due to the increased level of harassment and discrimination our community encounters. Partner abuse does not discriminate based on gender, race, socioeconomic status, religion, or sexual orientation. 1 out of 3 LGBTQ individuals are affected by partner abuse in their lifetime.
For more information: https://avp.org/lgbtq-ipv-2016/
(New York Anti-violence Project)
- Fondled or touched you without your consent?
- Forced you to perform sexual acts, such as oral sex or penetration?
- Used alcohol to coerce you into having sex?
What is sexual assault?
Sexual Assault is an umbrella term that encompasses various acts from verbal harassment and inappropriate touching/fondling to forced sexual conduct including (but not limited to) penetration. Sexual assault is a power and control tactic and has nothing to do with sexual urges of the perpetrator.
For more information: https://www.rainn.org/types-sexual-violence.
- Physically assaulted you due to your sexual orientation and/or race?
- Repeatedly bullied you until you avoid going to certain locations?
- Repeatedly called you derogatory names?
What are hate crimes?
Federal laws defines hate crimes as a crime committed against an individual, group or community based on their gender identity, perceived sexual orientation, gender expression or how the perpetrator perceives them. If a crime in committed and the motivation of that crime is based on the victim’s LGBTQ identity of HIV-positive status, we can help. LGBT Detroit assists with filling out Crime Victim Compensation Applications and assist with support while working with the criminal justice system.
For more information: http://www.hrc.org/resources/what-to-do-if-youve-been-the-victim-of-a-hate-crime
- Controlled where you go and who you talk to?
- Made you work or provide sex to pay off a large sum of money they claim you owe?
- Coerced you to have sex for money and you are under 18 years old?
- Forced you to work or live in a location where there are many cameras, security, and dark or locked windows?
What is Human Trafficking?
Human trafficking is slavery. Victims are usually coerced by false promises of education, employment, or potential relationship.
For more information: https://polarisproject.org/human-trafficking/facts
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