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There are several aspects of intimate partner violence which can be unique to the LGBTQ community. “Outing” or threatening to reveal one partner’s sexual orientation/gender identity may be used as a tool of abuse in violent relationships and may also be a barrier which reduces the likelihood of help-seeking for the abuse. Prior experiences of physical or psychological trauma, such as bullying and hate crime, may make LGBTQ victims of domestic violence less likely to see help. -Domestic Violence and the LGBTQ community.
Our Brave Speakers from the community include:
Colton Markham is currently the Director of the Community Advocacy program at the Domestic Violence Resource Center which serves survivors in Washington County. Colton has five years of experience working in domestic violence prevention and during that time has focused on issues specific to Queer survivors of domestic violence, which led him to becoming a part of Portland PFLAG ( Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) where he is now a board member. Colton Graduated from Pacific University with a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology and Philosophy focusing on ethics and is Currently a Masters of Social Work student at Portland State University, with his goal to be a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.
Dustina Haase-Lanier, Advocate and Activist, Master of Social Work from Portland State University
Alexxis Woods, LGBTQ Program Coordinator, Bradley Angle bradleyangle.org