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Fighting LGBT Domestic Violence


The D.C.-based WEAVE, or Women Empowered Against Violence, has launched a new campaign to raise awareness about domestic violence for an LGBT audience. "Show Me Love, DC!," the campaign's online component, includes statistics about the problem, discussions about healthy relationships, and legal resources for the LGBT community.

Some stats that illustrate the need for Show Me Love: While the overall rates of domestic violence in gay and lesbian relationships are comparable to those of straight couples, LGBT youth are at a higher risk of dating violence than straight people of the same age. Over 75 percent of the cases handled by the D.C. police's Gay and Lesbian Liaison Unit are domestic-violence related.  Only 20 percent of LGBT victims of domestic violence and sexual assault seek help. Press release after the jump.

Campaign Launches to Address Intimate Partner Violence in LGBTQ Communities

Local Nonprofit to Raise Awareness of Healthy Relationships in DC

WASHINGTON (JUNE 1)  –  Women Empowered Against Violence, Inc. (WEAVE) today launched Show Me Love, DC! – an innovative campaign designed to promote healthy relationships in Washington’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) communities.  An interactive web hub for the campaign,, features information on healthy relationships, support resources for LGBTQ survivors, quizzes and facts and the campaign’s “Postcard Project.”

“This is an exciting campaign because there is very little information out there for LGBTQ people on building healthy relationships or about where to go if relationships aren’t healthy,” said Morgan Lynn, Supervising Attorney and Manager of LGBTQ Program for WEAVE.

“The hopes of the Show Me Love campaign are twofold — To get people in DC’s LGBTQ communities actively talking about and working toward healthy relationships, and to provide a resource for people in unhealthy relationships where they can find information and lists of LGBTQ-friendly service providers,” Lynn said.

In conjunction with LGBT Pride Month, throughout June, the Show Me Love campaign will host a series of events throughout DC, including a Launch Party at Pulp DC store on 14th Street, NW on June 11th from 5-7 PM, an interactive art-based Postcard Project, community-based conversations, a Metrobus ad campaign and information tables at upcoming Capital Pride and Trans Pride events.

The Show Me Love, DC! campaign is backed by an advisory committee of local artists, activists, social workers and attorneys and is funded through a grant from the Office for Victims of Crime, which is a component of the Office of Justice Programs in the U.S. Department of Justice.

“Everyone deserves relationships that are healthy and free from all forms of abuse – no exceptions” said Joye E. Frost, Acting Director of the Office for Victims of Crime.  “We are proud to support this initiative and think it can be used as a model in other parts of the country.”

Created in 2007, WEAVE’s LGBTQ Program provides free assistance to address the specific legal needs of Washington’s LGBTQ survivors of domestic violence, sexual violence, dating violence and stalking. WEAVE also hosts three weekly walk-in legal clinics that provide free legal advice.

For more information on the campaign, please visit:


WEAVE is a Washington-based nonprofit that works closely with adult and teen survivors of relationship violence and abuse, providing an innovative range of legal, counseling, economic and educational services that leads survivors to utilize their inner and community resources, achieve safety for themselves and their children, and live empowered lives. For more information on WEAVE, please visit:

  • Charlie

    I assume this is being funded because isn't enough of a lapdog for the powers-that-be. Funny how the doesn't even mention Rainbow Response.

  • Rick Mangus

    What is this LGBTQ, or what the hell is this 'Q' shit! As a gay man I am offended by the term QUEER! There are LISBIANS, GAYS, BI-SEXUALS, TRANSGENDERED, but there is no such thing as QUEER!, except in the derogatory and demeaning way!

  • Kristina

    Queer actually refers to gender queer folk, who do not identify with either gender and prefer to pull from both genders to form their identity.

  • melody

    charlie, i see rainbow response on the website. where did you look?

  • queen of carrot flowers

    Tagging onto what Kristina said...some people who identify as queer just don't accept or identify with the gender binary in general (gender binary meaning there are only two: male and female)

  • Jess

    "Q" can refer to either queer or questioning. Queer may refer to gender queer folk, but it can also be used as an all-encompassing term for lots of different sexual orientations and gender identities. I identify as queer and pansexual, and unless a "P" or "Q" is tacked onto LGBT, I'm not represented.

  • Rick Mangus

    What's next a new letter like M for gay midgets, how stupid!

  • D

    Rick, you are so phony.

  • Fergus

    I agree with Jess.
    In the UK we have the saying (in the North at least)
    "There's nowt so queer as folk!"
    meaning people are apt to surprise you with all manner of things about themselves! And why the hell not!

  • Rick Mangus

    'D', your an idiot!