Services for Providers
The Gay Men’s Domestic Violence Project offers a range of services for service providers, including:
- Case Consultation
- Safety Planning
- Crisis Intervention
- Information and Referrals
- Education & Training
- Educational Materials
A Service Provider’s Guide for Working with GBT Victims and Survivors of Domestic Abuse (download the full version)
Partner abuse is one of the most serious health issues for gay, bisexual, and transgender (GBT) men. Research indicates the incidence of abuse among gay men mirrors the rate for straight women of 25 to 33%.
Men, including GBT men, who are abused, tend not to understand their experience as partner abuse due to lack of knowledge. They may lack knowledge of partner abuse and/or knowledge that men can be victims. In addition, men can be reluctant to acknowledge, even to themselves, that they are being abused and to seek assistance from others for a variety of reasons. Thus, GBT men sometimes endure partner abuse for much longer than necessary.
Service providers are, therefore, a critical resource for GBT men because they are often the first point of contact for a GBT victim. Service providers include police, educators, dentists, acupuncturists and clergy. Service providers also include mental health professionals, such as counselors and social workers and physical health professionals, such as emergency room staff, physicians and nurses. After friends, abused men are most likely to seek assistance from individual counselors, social service agencies and health care providers.
Service providers can take the following steps:
- Be knowledgeable about intimate partner abuse, including GBT partner abuse.
- Be aware that anyone can be abused, men as well as women.
- Create a workspace environment in which individuals feel comfortable to talk about their abuse. This is true for everyone, but is especially true for GBT people who need to know it is safe to talk about being GBT and about their abuse.
- Routinely include questions about partner abuse in appropriate procedures, such as intake assessment, health history, physical exam, and emergency room protocols.
- Screening for abuse should occur during significant change events, such as when an individual is first seen by a provider, during a visit for a significant new complaint and after every new intimate partner relationship begins, as well as 6 to 12 months after the relationship has begun.
- Be aware of the signs and symptoms of abuse and be prepared to conduct an assessment when these signs are manifest.