Welcome to All
We know that all relationships look different, and that intimate partner violence affects people from every community regardless of race, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability, economic status, religion or nationality.
Our advocates are here to welcome and serve everyone in our community.
How BIPOC communities are impacted by domestic violence
At the Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center, our mission is to empower individuals and engage communities to end domestic violence. To do that, we must prioritize empowering those of us who are Black, Indigenous, and people of color. Black women and women of color are disproportionately impacted by domestic violence. More than 40% of Black women will experience domestic violence in their lifetime; and tragically, Black women are almost 3x more likely to die at the hands of a current or ex-partner than members of other racial backgrounds. We are committed to fully understanding the historical barriers that exist for BIPOC survivors so that we can work to remove them.
How LGBTQ+ communities are impacted by intimate partner violence
It is a myth that people in LGBTQ+ communities do not experience similar rates of intimate partner violence as those who are in heterosexual relationships: between 25-33% of LGBTQ+ people experience abuse by a partner. The 2015 US Transgender Survey found that people who are transgender experience disproportionate rates of violence, particularly trans people of color; 54% of people surveyed experienced some form of partner abuse. And, one in three young people — gay, straight, and everyone in between — experiences some form of dating abuse.
LGBTQ+ people face additional barriers to getting support, such as not being comfortable discussing their sexual or gender identity openly, having a fear of not being believed or taken seriously, and feeling isolated from communities that do not support them.
The Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center is committed to social and racial justice and to creating a diverse, inclusive, and equitable society. We cannot do our work without focusing on oppression and all the ways it shows up in our lives: sexism, racism, bias, homophobia and white supremacy to name a few. As anti-violence advocates, this needs to be at the forefront. We cannot truly do our work effectively unless we can dismantle the systemic and structural barriers that have allowed these horrors to persist.
Our work continues as we strive to elevate and learn from BIPOC and LGBTQ+ communities, provide more informed and inclusive services to all survivors, act as an anti-racist agency, and work to gather more diverse voices around each table where we have the privilege to sit. We are committed to supporting BIPOC and LGBTQ+ teens and providing education on healthy relationships, identifying dating abuse, and standing up to peers engaging in abusive behaviors.
We are working hard to incorporate equity and inclusion into all aspects of our work. In 2020, we formed a Committee for Equity and Change to improve our impact and to create a place for staff to make their voices heard. We are engaged in a long-term effort to closely examine and improve our services, policies, hiring practices, organization culture, leadership and community engagement.
We understand that an intention to be anti-racist and equity-centered does not have a finish line. We are growing, changing, and doing our best to listen. Through this process, we will extend our learning organization-wide, build more transparency, and make ongoing improvements to organizational culture and operations. We invite you to join us on this journey to elevate racial and gender equity and inclusion, and in our mission to empower individuals and engage communities to end domestic violence.