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New research and reports about violence affecting LGBTTQIA+ people

February 05, 2021 at 12:21 PM

From the NZFVC

New reports from Aotearoa New Zealand and Australia highlight experiences of violence including family and sexual violence among LGBTTQIA+ people (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Takatāpui, Queer, Intersex, Asexual).

Aotearoa New Zealand research

The Ministry of Justice has recently published an infographic Experience of crime by sexual orientation  highlighting statistics about lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) people's experiences of crime. The data, which are drawn from the Ministry’s annual New Zealand Crime and Victims Survey (NZCVS), show that LGB adults are more than twice as likely to experience intimate partner violence (IPV) and/or sexual violence (68% of bisexual adults and 57% of lesbian or gay adults have experienced IPV and/or sexual violence) compared to the NZ average (29%) based on the NZCVS. For more information see the Ministry of Justice news story and media release.

Te Whāriki Takapou, in collaboration with Te Kotahi Research Institute and the University of Waikato, launched research findings from the Honour Project Aotearoa in November 2020. The project investigated Kaupapa Māori strengths-based understandings of health and wellbeing in relation to takatāpui/Māori LGBTQI+ communities. The research did not specifically ask questions about family or sexual violence but did ask about general experiences of violence. The research found that 49% of people surveyed reported they had ever experienced violence or the threat of violence because they are takatāpui and Māori LGBTQI+. Of those, the most common forms of violence were physical, sexual, psychological and emotional abuse. The research also explored concepts of health and wellbeing. Participants rated whanaungatanga or relationships, having a home to live in, feeling connected, and having a strong sense of their identity (cultural, sexual and gender identities) as most important for their health. 

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Category: Research