You should know that abuse happens in same-sex relationships at the same rate as it does in opposite-sex relationships. Whatever your relationship, know that physical, emotional and verbal abuse are unacceptable. Call Esperanza; seek counseling; find a safe way out. We will help because we know that you deserve better.

We find that in LGBTQI relationships where abuse is occurring, insults or threats that are homophobic or transphobic are used as additional weapons. Without intervention, abuse will almost always escalate over time.

At Esperanza, we offer counseling for the LGBTQI community facilitated by caring, competent staff. We understand that homophobia and transphobia can be a painful part of not only the abuse itself, but also the systems in place to serve survivors and their families. And we promise that our services do not perpetuate this.

Our confidential shelter, counseling, court advocacy and other services are available for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex individuals experiencing abuse. Call us—Esperanza can help.

If someone you know is in immediate danger, call 911!