Serving queer survivors of intimate partner violence through diversity, inclusion, and social justice

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Queer individuals are at a heightened vulnerability to experience intimate partner violence (IPV). However, social supports for IPV survivors are often designed for cisgender and heterosexual individuals. Guided by a queer theoretical lens, this study uses interview data from seven service providers purposefully sampled through queer-serving organizations to explore how professionals can better serve queer survivors. A phenomenological analysis of the data suggests the use of three broad practice approaches: diversity, inclusion, and social justice. First, practitioners and staff discussed how they incorporated diversity by representing their clients’ backgrounds and histories. Second, they described inclusion through creating affirming spaces that recognize the unique needs of queer survivors. Last, they offered strategies related to social justice, such as implementing anti-oppressive frameworks, empowering clients beyond service provision, and being/creating advocates for social change. Together, these approaches and related strategies suggest ways to provide responsive practice for queer IPV survivors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)521-545
Number of pages25
JournalJournal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2 Oct 2019


  • LGBT
  • advocacy
  • culturally responsive practice
  • domestic violence
  • queer theory


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