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Other barriers for GLBT battered men and women include the fear of losing their jobs, home, and/or custody of their children should their sexual orientation become known in the context of getting help for intimate partner abuse. That GLBT individuals do not receive the legal and financial protections their heterosexual counterparts do can inhibit their ability to support themselves and live independently after leaving the abuser. It is usually committed by perpetrators of other forms of domestic violence.
The assumption by family, friends, coworkers, and professionals that abuse is mutual in homosexual couples or is an expected part of what is perceived as a dysfunctional relationship since it is not heterosexual, poses major obstacles to battered GLBT individuals in getting help.
Types of domestic abuse include physical, verbal (also called emotional, mental, or psychological abuse), sexual, economic/financial, and spiritual abuse. GLBT Domestic Violence: Similarities and Differences.
Stalking and cyber-stalking are also forms of intimate partner abuse.
Media reporting of celebrities' domestic abuse victimization demonstrates that even the most accomplished individuals can be involved in this problem. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Violence Against Women Office.
The statistics about those who are affected by intimate partner violence are staggering; domestic abuse affects 3%-5% of current adult relationships in the United States, including more than 2 million women. "Physical dating violence among high school students-United States, 2003." Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, 55(10), 532-535, May 2006.