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LGBQ/T Services


Lesbian, gay, bisexual+, trans, and queer individuals experience domestic violence at rates equal to or greater than straight, cisgender individuals. Between 25%-33% of LGBQ/T people experience intimate partner violence at some point in their lifetime. Transgender individuals experience especially high rates of violence, with the 2015 U.S. Transgender Survey reporting that over half (54%) of transgender respondents had experienced intimate partner violence.

LGBQ/T survivors face additional barriers in seeking services and leaving their relationship, including:

  • Lack of resources for LGBQ/T survivors
  • Cultural myth that abuse in LGBQ/T relationships is mutual
  • Discrimination including homophobia, biphobia, and/or transphobia
  • Increased isolation due to small and insular community
  • Lack of recognition of the relationship
  • Challenges with parental and adoptive parent rights
  • Fear of being outed
  • Myth that partner abuse does not occur in LGBQ/T communities

DOVE is committed to partnering with diverse communities, families, and individuals impacted by domestic violence. We promote hope, healing, safety, and social change by providing a broad range of preventive and responsive services.

All of DOVE’s services are free, confidential, and LGBQ/T affirming. Advocacy services include:

  • 24-Hour Hotline
  • Emergency Shelter
  • Individual advocacy, resource navigation, and safety planning
  • Support group for LGBQ/T survivors of domestic violence
  • Legal helpline
  • Trainings, workshops, and educational materials about domestic violence in the LGBQ/T community, healthy relationships, and how to make your organization more LGBQ/T affirming


Contact info

  • 24-Hour Hotline: 617-471-1234or toll free at 1-888-314-3683
  • Individual Counseling and Safety Planning: 617-770-4065 ext. 122
  • LGBQ/T Outreach and Advocacy: 617-770-4065 ext. 103
  • Legal helpline: 617-770-4065 ext. 120


Other DOVE services

  • Educational and Support Groups
  • Civilian Domestic Violence Advocacy
  • Legal Advocacy
  • Community Outreach, Education, and Prevention
  • YouthSpeak: DOVE’s Teen Healthy Relationships/Dating Violence Prevention Program


Frequently Asked Questions:

What does LGBQ/T mean?
DOVE uses LGBQ/T (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Queer, and Transgender) as an umbrella term to represent the many communities we serve. DOVE serves people of all sexual orientations and gender identities, and also recognizes the great diversity in terms individuals use to describe themselves. The acronym LGBQ/T is not meant to exclude, but rather to represent the broad spectrum of identities we serve.

What is Domestic Violence?
Domestic Violence is not an argument every once in a while or a bad mood after a rough day; it is a pattern of harmful, controlling behavior that someone uses against their partner. Domestic violence is all about power and control and may not always involve physical abuse. It can include emotional/verbal, sexual, financial, and cultural/identity-based abuse and crosses all gender, age, ability, social, ethnic, racial, and economic lines. Abuse is never mutual, and doing everything “right” will not stop it. No one deserves to be threatened, intimidated, or harmed by a partner.  You do not have to leave your partner to come to DOVE. You are not alone; help is available.

What happens if I call the hotline at 617-471-1234 or toll free at 1-888-314-3683?
A trained advocate will answer the phone 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Staff offer an empathic, non-judgmental and supportive ear, as well as information on available options and resources.

Does DOVE’s emergency shelter provide services to LGBQ/T folks?
Yes. DOVE’s emergency shelter (and all of DOVE’s services) are open to people of all genders and sexual orientations.

Will DOVE staff use my correct pronouns?
Yes. As part of our intake process we ask every client what pronouns they want us to use for them.

Are DOVE’s individual services accessible by public transportation?
Yes. DOVE’s community office is within walking distance of the Red Line. Once you schedule your first appointment DOVE’s community office address will be shared with you.

How can I/my organization become more LGBQ/T friendly? Do you offer resources for allies?
DOVE offers informational/educational materials, trainings, workshops and seminars to law enforcement, health care professionals, schools, businesses, social service providers, religious organizations and the community. Training topics include Queer and Trans 101, Domestic Violence in LGBQ/T relationships, and Homo/bi/transphobia. Contact DOVE’s LGBQ/T Advocate and Outreach Coordinator with questions or to schedule a training at 617-770-4065 ext. 103.

Other LGBQ/T Domestic Violence Resources:


National Resources:

Resources for Providers:

DOVE’s LGBQ/T Advocacy & Outreach Program is generously supported by the MA Office for Victim Assistance through a Victims of Crime Act of 1984 (VOCA) grant from the Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice

DOVE’s LGBQ/T Brochure

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