The LGBT community and those affected by the HIV virus are experiencing a high level of discrimination when reporting incident of abuse suffered by partners. The finding comes after a recent National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs reveled it’s study.
The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs reported that those who suffered extreme violence received no help and we’re treated as common criminal when reporting to authority. There has been 22 reported transgender homicide for the year of 2016. A number that totals last year’s homicide.
Nearly all who sought help in shelters were refused and for those who reported violence to the authorities were received with “hostile” or “indifferent”. At times some were even arrested when reporting violence suffered at the hands of a partner.
The NCAV found that transgender women were prone to be more physically or financially abused then “other within the LGBT community.”
“I sought help from the local domestic violence shelter, but they could not guarantee my attacker would not enter the shelter”, reported a transgender.
NCAV records show’s that approximately 70% of those transgender who sought entry to shelters were refused simply because of who they were.
An executive director of New York Anti-Violence Projector states that there is very little media coverage “of LGBTQ victims of IPV contributes to this issue being ignored as a national problem….And this needs to change.”
Only until 2013, did federal law protected those who suffered discrimination because of gender and identity.
Although recent laws have been changed to protect those in the LGBT community, most LGBT advocate feel little has been done to resolve the issue against discrimination.