If you are in a LGBTQ+ relationship and experiencing domestic violence, Branches is here to help! Branches is proud to serve anyone who is experiencing domestic violence, and strives to offer all services in a safe, inclusive environment. Services include emergency shelter, court advocacy, or crisis counseling.
If you are experiencing domestic violence, you can call 304-529-2382 any time 24/7 to speak with an advocate and learn more about the completely free services Branches provides.
Not sure if you're experiencing Domestic violence?
Members of the LGBTQ+ community often experience specific barriers and abuses that can look different than hetero-relationships You can use this powerful tool called the LGBTQ+ power and control wheel to see some examples of abuse that are specific to this community. Some examples include:
threatening to out you to friends or family
threatening your employment by sabotaging job opportunities
threatening to or actually outing you so that you'll lose custody of children
enforcing homophobic attitudes and values within the relationship
accusing you of not being "gay" or "lesbian" enough
invalidating bisexuality in the relationship
using isolation from friends, family, and support networks to maintain control
If you're an ally, please see the table below to help understand how to respectfully discuss LGBTQ+ identities.