Domestic violence is heavily under-reported across the United States.  In an effort to illustrate the urgency in combating domestic violence, the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP) released its report on domestic violence within lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) communities in the United States during 2008.

“The total number of cases reported to NCAVP members was 3,419.  Los Angeles, with increased monitoring capacity, reported close to 1,500 incidents. Major findings of the report reflected that the number of reported DV-related fatalities increased and the number of cases with reported police misconduct in 2008 increased by 93%. In 2008, incidents of police misconduct, reported by 2.3% of all callers to NCAVP organizations, nearly doubled compared to those reported in 2007.”

The increase in reports does not necessarily reflect an increase in violence.  Instead, when communities are informed of existing culturally-sensitive resources, individuals and communities are much more likely to report incidents and crimes to authorities.
In addition, the NCAVP also notes:

Other major findings of the 2008 report included increases in reports along many race and ethnicity categories, notably people identifying as Latina/o (100%), Multi-racial (91%), and African Descent (50%). Striking increases were seen in a relatively new category of immigration, especially people with recent visas (1700%), refugees and asylees (900%), and people who are undocumented (250%). Additionally, reports of domestic violence against people living with disabilities increased by almost 50%.

To read the full NCAVP 2008 report, click here.