Intimate Partner Violence in LGBTQ+ Relationships: Impacts on Mental and Physical Health

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Intimate Partner Violence in LGBTQ+ Relationships: Impacts on Mental and Physical Health

Intimate partner violence has historically centered heterosexual cisgender couples, despite the prevalence of IPV within LGBTQ+ relationships. IPV can present in a myriad of ways including physical, emotional, economic, and sexual violence. In addition to those forms of violence, LGBTQ+ folks in relationships face unique forms of violence and control such as the threat of "outing" a partner to their community. LGBTQ+ individuals face barriers such as discrimination based on race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, ability, and economic status when trying to access IPV services. These concurrent barriers exacerbate the impacts that IPV can have on mental and physical health. LGBTQ+ survivors of violence are more likely to experience PTSD, suicidality, and depression as well as physiological symptoms. Join us to learn more about this topic through an intersectional lens and gain tools for addressing the impacts of IPV in your own communities. 

ABOUT Rebecca Fowler

Becca (she/her) is a queer scholar, advocate, and educator who received her Master of Public Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Throughout her career she has focused on HIV, reproductive health, and intimate partner violence within historically marginalized communities. She currently services as a Research Project Coordinator at the University of California, San Diego working on studies that explore experiences of substance use, healthcare, HIV, and internalized stigma among gay and bisexual men. She is also a member of the San Diego LGBTQIA+ Survivor Task force and works closely with the San Diego Pride Youth programs. She is dedicated to investigating and dismantling systems of oppression and root causes of health disparities within the LGBTQ+ community. 

ABOUT Krithika Pennathur

Krithika Pennathur, MSPH is a public health professional with interests in health communication, policy research, health informatics, health disparities, and intimate partner violence (IPV) advocacy. Most notably, she has over five years of campus and city-wide organizing experience, working on campaigns and actions advocating for IPV survivors, reproductive justice, LGBTQ+ justice, and racial justice. She has a solid commitment to uplifting marginalized voices in public health practice and hopes to continue to use her training to further public health initiatives on a national scale. 

 Event Date
Thursday, April 6, 2023
Start Time: 4:00pm EDT
End Time: 4:45pm EDT


Baltimore, MD 21205


Elizabeth Rigsbee

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