NEW YORK—A report the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs released on Tuesday indicates nearly two dozen LGBT people and those with HIV/AIDS lost their lives to domestic violence last year.
NCAVP said 48 percent of the 21 reported LGBT victims of fatal domestic violence incidents in 2012 were gay men, compared to 29 percent who were lesbian. The report also found more than half the reported number of LGBT people who died because of domestic violence were people of color. And they, along with transgender people, gay men and those under 30 remain the most vulnerable to it.
The NCAVP report further noted the number of reported LGBT victims of fatal domestic violence incidents in 2012 is the highest number the group has documented since it began to issue reports on them in 1998.
“We are deeply concerned about the record high number of intimate partner violence homicides that occurred this year,” Sharon Stapel, executive director of the New York City Anti-Violence Program, said.
The NCAVP report contains data from anti-LGBT violence groups in Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Texas and Vermont.
Gays and Lesbians Opposing Violence in D.C. did not contribute to the NCAVP report.
The D.C. Metropolitan Police Department does not compile statistics on LGBT victims of domestic violence, but D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier told the Washington Blade during a June 2012 interview the problem of domestic violence in the nation’s capital is “huge.”
“Every morning when I look at my crime reports there are two things that stand out that have been unusual over the last year,” Lanier said. “The number of domestic violence assaults of all kinds and yes, in all communities, and the robberies.”