Webinar: Intimate Partner Violence Experienced by Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Individuals: A Look at National Data

Webinar: Intimate Partner Violence Experienced by Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Individuals: A Look at National Data


Presented by the Center for Victim Research

From 4:00 PM until 5:30 PM

This webinar is free and open to the public.

Center for Victim Research / ask@victimresearch.org

Despite the large body of literature examining issues of intimate partner violence (IPV), relatively little is known about IPV experienced by lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) individuals. Previous studies suggest that LGB individuals can be at greater risk for IPV as well as both short- and long-term harms than heterosexual individuals. Continued research is important to better understand patterns of IPV among LGB individuals. This study examined reports of IPV experienced by LGB individuals with a particular emphasis on responses to these incidents including victim disclosure/help-seeking, need for services, and police response/arrest. This study relied on data captured by the Uniform Crime Reporting Program's National Incident-Based Reporting System (2016) and the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (2010, General Population).

This webinar will include:

  • An overview of the NIBRS and NISVS data sources and how each can inform on IPV in general and among LGB individuals
  • An exploration of how each can inform an understanding of the patterns of IPV and responses IPV by LGB individuals
  • A discussion of the strengths and limitations of each data source


Lynn A. AddingtonLynn A. Addington is a professor in the Department of Justice, Law and Criminology at American University in Washington, D.C. She earned her Ph.D. in criminal justice from the University at Albany (SUNY) and her J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Her research focuses on fatal and non-fatal violent victimization with an emphasis on policy responses to preventing violence and serving victims. Her work also considers the measurement of crime and utilization of national crime statistics as well as ways to better connect research with practice and policy. She has worked with colleagues at various federal agencies in the United States to improve national crime measures (including the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Bureau of Justice Statistics). In 2016, she received AU's top award for faculty research. Her recent publications have appeared in a range of outlets including the Journal of Quantitative Criminology, Justice Quarterly, and Trauma, Violence and Abuse. She is the co-editor (with James P. Lynch) of a volume of original research entitled Understanding Crime Statistics: Revisiting the Divergence of the NCVS and UCR (2007, Cambridge University Press). Prior to attending graduate school, Professor Addington practiced law for four years during which time she clerked for a federal district court judge and worked as a civil litigator.


Ericka Ayodele Dixon is the National Capacity Building Coordinator with the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP), a program of the New York City Anti-Violence Project. As National Capacity Building Coordinator, Ericka works to provide training and technical assistance, develop resources and share successful models with advocates across the country for LGBTQ and HIV-affected communities. Ericka is an experienced facilitator and always aims to intentionally hold space in a trauma informed, survivor centered way, whether in person or virtually. Prior to her work at NCAVP, Ericka was the Policy Director at Black Women's Blueprint, where she fought to get Black women and girls who are survivors of sexual violence centered in local city and national policy initiatives. As a survivor of sexual violence herself, Ericka believes this work is both deeply personal and political and grounds everything she does using a queer, black feminist lens. Ericka holds a Masters in International Affairs from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs, and a B.A. in Culture, Society and Human Rights from Emory University. Eventually Ericka hopes to return to her roots as an elementary school educator and create social justice oriented curriculum for schools.


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