Workshop learning objectives:
By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:
- Understand and use current nomenclature to describe and discuss participants in a manner that conveys respect for LGBTQ expenences.
- Discuss at least three barriers LGBTQ survivors experience in accessing SA services.
- Identify three strategies they can incorporate into their individual practice to improve accessibility for LGBTQ survivors.
- Identify three steps their organizations have taken or could take to make their services more accessible to LGBTQ survivors.
LGBTQ people experience intimate partner violence and sexual assault at rates comparable to or exceeding those of cisgender and straight individuals. However, many LGBTQ survivors are reluctant to seek out victim services or are underserved or rejected when attempting to access services. LGBTQ survivors face specific hurdles and challenges in the wake of sexual assault that are not always recognized in general victim services settings. This can alienate survivors and increase the safety threats they face. In this “hands-on” workshop, we will begin with a discussion of language commonly used within the LGBTQ community. Language used by and about LGBTQ people has changed significantly over the years and use of accepted terminology is an essential component to communicating respect and openness to participants from diverse backgrounds. Advocates will then consider case scenarios, identify barriers to accessing services, and describe proactive steps they can take to improve accessibility for LGBTQ survivors. Emphasis will be placed on how advocates can communicate respect and understanding of LGBTQ survivors' needs, both to welcome LGBTQ survivors seeking services, and to improve the participants’ ability to issue spot and safety plan with those survrvors.