According to the National Domestic Violence Hotline, approximately 23% of LGBTQ men and 50% of LGBTQ women experience abuse from their intimate partners. All intimate partner violence statistics have the potential to be even higher due to under-reporting. These statistics show LGBTQ couples are at a slightly higher risk of experiencing intimate partner violence than heterosexual/cis gender couples.
Abusive partners will use the same tactics of power and control in LGBTQ relationships; including verbal, emotional, sexual, financial, physical, stalking, and digital abuse. However, the abusive partner may also use tactics of power and control that reinforce complex societal factors and inequality, which may make it challenging for LGBTQ individuals to seek help or leave the relationship. They might use discrimination, harmful stereotypes, or rejection to control their partner.