ncavpOn May 29th, 2014 the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCVAP) released their National Report on Hate Violence Against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and HIV-Affected Communities. The report draws on data from 14 different anti-violence programs in 13 states and Puerto Rico. What the report shows is that while the frequency of incidents of hate violence has remained constant from 2012 to 2013 (with 2,001 incidents reported in 2013), the severity of incidents has increased significantly, with a 21% increase in reports of physical hate violence. Transgender women of color were found to be among the groups most at risk for severe violence. Almost 90% of all homicide victims were people of color, and 72% were transgender women. Undocumented people were also among the most impacted communities – 3.5 times more likely to experience physical violence and 1.7 times more likely to require medical attention. The report also contains troubling findings about LGBTQ survivors and police interaction – showing that the number of survivors who report incidents to the police has decreased by 11% since 2012 (down to 45% in 2013), and hostile responses from the police are up by 5% to 32%. Among those reporting incidents to the police, transgender survivors were 3.5 more likely to experience police violence, and 7 times more likely to experience physical violence from the police with, similar to above, transgender people of color experiencing the highest rates. The NCVAP statistics are a wake-up call: LGBTQ and HIV-affected communities are facing incredibly high levels of violence that need to be addressed as a priority in the United States. The report makes it unequivocally clear that policy makers, advocates and community members need to do more to stop this hate violence. The report’s  recommendations include addressing the root causes behind LGBTQ violence through ending poverty and discrimination, as well as police-profiling, and increasing funding for anti-violence support and prevention.

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