SAN DIEGO -- Increased awareness of partner violence within the LGBT community and the resources available to cope with the issue are at the forefront of a $25,000 Verizon grant awarded to The San Diego Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center in Hillcrest.
The grant will make it possible for The Center to launch a social marketing campaign to ensure that a greater number of San Diego LGBT community members are able to identify the signs and symptoms of relationship violence and are aware of the resources available to assist their friends and family members who may be affected.
The Center is dedicated to enhancing and sustaining the health and well-being of the LGBT and HIV communities by providing activities, programs and services that create community; provide essential resources; and embrace, promote and support cultural diversity.
“Intimate partner violence is a public health problem of terrifying proportions within all communities, but LGBT partners face additional, unique obstacles when seeking help,"said Dr. Delores Jacobs, executive director of The Center. "Verizon has been a key partner in strengthening the center’s Relationship Violence Treatment and Intervention Program, one of the only organizational programs in San Diego County that specifically targets and works with partner violence in the LGBT community.”
Domestic violence survivors in the LGBT community face unique obstacles when attempting to access treatment. Not all organizations offering treatment may be experienced in providing care or service to the LGBT population. The Center's Relationship Violence Treatment and Intervention Program is designed to address these barriers to care and provide a safe and healing environment for victims of abuse.
“Domestic violence is a tragic epidemic that impacts everyone, regardless of income, race or sexual orientation, and it must be addressed. Verizon’s partnership with the San Diego LGBT Community Center is another way we’re trying to increase awareness of domestic violence and provide compassionate care to all members of the community,” said Tim McCallion, Verizon West Area president.
State Sen. Marty Block (SD-39) said, “Research indicates that domestic violence among same-sex couples occurs at similar rates as domestic violence among straight couples. Unfortunately, domestic violence victims in same-sex relationships often do not receiving the help they need. I commend Verizon for providing this grant to The Center so that victims and perpetrators of relationship violence will get the treatment they so desperately need.”
“Domestic violence happens in many different settings, including within same-sex relationships, so it is important that every couple knows culturally appropriate help is available to them," State Assemblymember Toni Atkins (AD-78) concluded. "Verizon’s support of the San Diego LGBT Community Center will help end violence and improve lives in the LGBT community.”