What you can do

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Domestic violence will ALWAYS go unnoticed if no one reports it. Whether it’s a friend, family member or yourself, there is support out there.  It may sound cliche, but there are hotlines and websites like the ones listed below exist for people who feel like they can’t talk to anyone within their circle of friends or family about the abuse:

Center for Relationship Abuse Awareness

http://stoprelationshipabuse.org/educated/same-gender-relationships/

The Domestic Violence Hotline

http://www.thehotline.org/2012/06/lgbtq-relationships-and-abuse/

Open Minds Open Doors

http://tnlr.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/Open_Minds_Open_Doors.pdf

The Trevor Project

http://www.thetrevorproject.org/

In addition to these sites, contacting authorities is always a good solution. Even if they don’t fully protect CDV in same-sex couples, the victim will be given time away for their abuser. This will allow them to be able to make a plan for a safer life away from violence.

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