Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence

Intimate Partner Violence in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Relationships

Bias-Related Control Tactics

“Domestic/intimate partner violence tactics in LGBTQ relationships are similar to those used in heterosexual relationships, but also include the use of anti-LGBTQ societal stigma and bias as a central tactic to exert power and control and increase isolation.” 2

Some control tactics are LGBTQ-specific or have a greater impact on LGBTQ victims.  Forms these tactics may take are also described on the LGBT Power and Control Wheel.

Threatening to out partner
Using children
Isolating partner
Sexual abuse
Economic abuse

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  1. National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs, (2010). Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Domestic/Intimate partner violence in the United States in 2009, p. 9.