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LGBTQA+: Sexual Assault, Partner Violence, and Stalking Guide

This document is a guide for survivors of interpersonal violence, including sexual violence, relationship violence, and/or stalking. This is a guide to some of the services available to you that could be useful. If you’ve experienced these forms of violence, know that what happened is not your fault. You have options for how to move forward, and there are resources and support services available. However you decide to move forward, know that the Norse Violence Prevention Center is here to support you.

LGBTQA+ survivors have unique barriers to support after experiencing harm. The goal of this guide is to help you identify the interpersonal violence you may be experiencing and connect you with resources both on campus and within the community.

For more information and support, NKU students may contact the Norse Violence Prevention Center at

(859) 572-5865

for a confidential meeting to discuss options available to promote your safety.

Understanding Interpersonal Violence

Interpersonal violence is an umbrella term used to describe forms of violence that take power and control away from another person. This is a broad term that encompasses things like relationship violence, sexual assault, and/or stalking. These are not the only forms of interpersonal violence, just some of the most common. It also can be difficult to recognize interpersonal violence within the LGBTQA+ community due to things such as biases, exclusion of the community from prevention work, a lack of information, or a lack of resources for support.

Examples of relationship violence: 

  • Physically harming their partner or someone they care about/threatening harm
  • Threatening to disclose personal/sensitive information
  • Threatening to out their partner
  • Destroying or taking their belongings
  • Threatening to commit suicide if the other person leaves them
  • Controlling daily activities, such as who they spend time with, what they do, finances etc.

Examples of stalking:

  •  Following the person or showing up at their class, apartment, dorm room, work or other  places they spend time
  • Posting information or spreading rumors about the individua
  • Repeated, unwanted text messages, emails, or social media contact
  • Repeatedly sending unwanted gifts
  • Asking for information from person’s family or friends

Examples of sexual assault and other forms of sexual misconduct:

  • Pushing sexual boundaries
  • Taking and/or photos or videos of a sexual nature without the other person's consent
  • Sexual touching or penetration without consent
  • Using alcohol or drugs to take advantage of someone

Understanding Consent

NKU Defines consent as: Consent is clear, knowing and voluntary. Consent is active, not passive. Silence, in and of itself, cannot be interpreted as consent. Verbal consent is not a requirement of this policy; however, consent may be given by words as long as those words create mutually understandable clear permission regarding willingness to engage in sexual activity.

Consent to any one form of sexual activity cannot alone imply consent to any other forms of sexual activity. Previous relationships or prior consent cannot imply consent to future sexual acts. 

What should I do if I’m being abused?

First, know that the harm you are experiencing or have experienced is not your fault. No one ever deserves to experience harm, and it’s important that you are in control of how you decide to move forward.

Many survivors find it helpful to talk about the experience with a trusted friend, professional, or other support person. There are confidential resources available in the community and at NKU to provide that support.

If you have concerns for your safety, you may want to talk to staff at NVP to make a safety plan. A safety plan is a plan of steps you can take or people you can work with to help ensure your physical and emotional safety.

You can speak with an advocate who is knowledgeable about interpersonal violence and has experience working with the LGBTQA+ community.

How can I help my friend or partner?

  • If your friend or partner has disclosed an experience of interpersonal violence, believe them and don’t question the details of their disclosure.
  • Let them know the violence is not their fault.
  • Avoid asking questions or making statements that may make them feel like the harm is their fault.
  •  Ask how you can help or support them rather than telling them what they should do.
  • Offer your unconditional love and support. 
  • Offer to help find other sources of support.


  • 44% of lesbian women and 61% of bisexual women have experienced interpersonal violence at some point in their lifetime.
  •  26% of gay men and 37% of bisexual men have experienced interpersonal violence  in their lifetime.
  • Transgender survivors are more likely to experience threats/ intimidation, harassment, and police violence. 
  • Transgender survivors may experience harm targeted specifically because of their gender identity.
  • Bisexual victims are more likely to experience sexual violence, compared to people who do not identify as bisexual.
  • LGBTQA+ Black/African American victims are more likely to experience physical intimate partner violence, compared to those who do not identify as Black/African American.
  • Transgender victims are more likely to experience intimate partner violence in public, compared to those who do not identify as transgender.

Norse Violence Prevention Center 

NVP provides confidential advocacy and assistance to university students who are affected by interpersonal violence. NVP strives to assist survivors in identifying which choices make the most sense for them. Some of the things NVP can help you with include: 

  • Support and information on options and resources
  • Safety planning 
  • Academic accommodations 
  • Housing accommodations 
  • Assistance with reporting (on and/or off campus)
  • Emotional support

To schedule an appointment, please call the Norse Violence Prevention Center at 859.572.5865 or stop by the center on the second floor of the Albright Health Center, Suite 246. For more information about NVP, please visit: or e-mail us at

LGBTQA+  Student Initiatives

The LGBTQA+ Student Initiatives is a part of the Office of Student Affairs. The goal of the office is to help create an inclusive environment for any student on the gender and sexuality spectrums. They are here to support and welcome any student, there are different organizations available to offer support or community such as the SAFE mentor program or student organizations. The office is located in the Student Union suite

Title IX Office

Title IX is a part of the Education Amendments Act of 1972. Title IX prohibits sex based discrimination at any educational institution that receives federal funding. This includes the school investigating complaints against sexual misconduct, relationship violence, and/or stalking. Title IX also includes protections for LGBTQA+ students. Institutions are required to respond and support student survivors regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. This also applies if the survivor experiences violence because of their sexual orientation/ gender identity. 

 The Office of Title IX at NKU investigates complaints related to sexual misconduct, relationship violence and stalking. They may be able to assist with interim protective measures on campus. No contact orders, removal of the remedial party, academic/housing sanctions, or other measures can be implemented through this office. 

To file a report or to find more information about NKU’s sexual misconduct policy, please visit:

NKU Resources

Norse Violence Prevention

Albright Health Center, Suite 246

Phone: (859) 572-5685



LGBTQA+ Student Initiatives

Student Union 309

Phone: (859) 572-5835



Counseling Services

University Center, Suite 440

Phone: (859) 572-5650

After Hours Emergency: (859)-571-7777

Email: hcsw@nku.eduWebsite:

Free and confidential counseling services for NKU students. There is an all hours emergency line for students in crisis.

University Police

251 Nunn Drive

Non-Emergency Phone: (859) 572-5500

Emergency Phone: 911

NKU’s police force is available at any time. They have an emergency text line on the NKU app. They run a free escort program on campus called destination safe to accompany anyone to their destination if they feel unsafe. 

Office of Title IX

University Center, Suite 330

Phone: (859) 572-7669



Community Resources

Ion Center

835 Madison Ave. Covington, KY 41011

Phone Call/Text: (859) 491-3335



The Ion Center is a free confidential crisis center for anyone who has experienced interpersonal violence. They have a 24/7 hotline available and offer other support such as emergency shelter, hospital/legal advocacy, safety planning, and a pet protection program.

Women Helping Women

215 E 9th St, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Phone Call/Text: (513) 381-5610


Women Helping Women is a crisis center that provides free and confidential support for anyone who has experienced interpersonal violence regardless of gender identity. They have an all hours hotline for support, as well as offering services such as hospital/legal advocacy, support groups, and community education.

Buckeye Regional Anti-Violence Organization (BRAVO)

750 E Long St, Columbus, OH 43203

Phone: (866) 862-7286


BRAVO is the task force for LGBTQA+ survivors of interpersonal violence in Ohio. They offer a 24/7 emergency hotline. They also have a collection of resources available such as shelters, mental and medical resources, and crisis centers.

 Equitas Health

2805 Gilbert Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45206

Phone: (513) 815-4475


Equitas Health is an LGBTQA+ focused health care organization. They offer primary care, mental health services, gender affirming care, HIV/ AIDs and STD care, addiction support, and survivor centered care for people who have experienced violence. 

4138 Hamilton Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45223
Phone: (513) 761-1480 
Caracole is Cincinnati's HIV/AIDs support program. They provide support and education on treating/preventing HIV, as well as housing support for people who are HIV+. They also offer medical support including mental health services.
LGBTQA+ Cincinnati Police Liaison
Lisa Johnson
Phone: (513) 352-2998 or (513) 235-7597
The Cincinnati Police Department LGBTQA Liaison works with LGBTQA organizations within the City of Cincinnati. Survivors can contact the liaison to ask for support and assistance when reporting, or report discrimination from law enforcement.
Legal Aid
KY Website:
Phone: (859) 431-8200
OH Website:
Phone: (513) 241- 9400
Legal Aid provides free legal support to assist anyone who struggles getting legal assistance. 

National Resources

National Domestic Violence Hotline
Phone: 1-800-799-7233
Text: “Start” to 88788
The national hotline that offers free confidential advocacy for anyone who is experiencing domestic violence. A hotline, text option, or chat room are available to get in contact with an advocate trained to offer support and help find resources or safety planning. Interpreters are available for 140 different languages.
LGBT national Help Line
Phone: 1-800-843-4564
A national hotline providing support for any LGBTQA+ individual. They provide a confidential space to talk about mental health, discrimination, relationship concerns, health issues, and more. All volunteers are a part of the community and they have other hotlines for specific groups such as a youth call line or a senior call line, as well as an online peer support chat group. 
The Network/ La Red
Phone: 1-800-832-1901* or (617) 742-4911
An organization working to end domestic violence in the LGBTQA+ community. They provide free and confidential support and crisis intervention specifically for the LGBTQA+ community in both English and Spanish. The toll free hotline is also known as the gay men's domestic violence national hotline, but provides services for all identities. Advocates are able to connect survivors to resources and support groups. 
The Trevor Project
Phone: 1-866-488-7386
Text: “Start” to 678-678
An organization focusing on LGBTQA+ youth (ages 13-24) mental health services. There is a hotline, text line, and online chat room available. The Trevor project also offers resources for the community including advocacy, research, and crisis support.
Love is Respect
Phone: 1-866-331-9474
Text: “ loveis” to 22522
A national resource for individuals in unhealthy relationships. They offer support and advocacy for young people who want support through text, call, or live chats online. The website is full of additional resources for identifying and leaving unhealthy relationships and fostering a healthy relationship. There are also resources specifically for the Native American and Deaf communities.
The Northwest Project
Phone: (206) 568-7777
An advocacy organization for LGBTQA+ survivors of interpersonal violence. They offer free and confidential support such as safety planning, legal support, resource connection, and education.

An NVP advocate can assist in looking for more specific resources or resources that fit other needs not addressed in this guide.

Works cited for statistics

ReferencesKnow Your IX. (n.d.). Know Your IX Title IX Protections for LGBTQ Students.

National Coalition of Anti-Violence Program. (2013). Lesbian, Gay. Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and HIV- Affected Intimate Partner Violence in 2012.

The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey. (2014, February). Intimate Partner Violence in the United States 2012.