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The Daily Pilot: Laura's House and LGBT Center team up to support domestic violence victims

The Daily Pilot: Laura's House and LGBT Center team up to support domestic violence victims

More than 250,000 women and children in Orange County are experiencing some form of domestic violence today, estimates the local domestic violence shelter Laura's House.

And while abuse affects everyone equally — "there are no socioeconomic barriers to domestic violence whatsoever," said Laura's House CEO and executive director Margaret Bayston — reporting of this crime is often uneven, so that marginalized groups, such as the LGBTQ community, are particularly hesitant to come forward, something experts say is in part the result of stigma and a lack of culturally competent resources.

To bridge this gap, Laura's House and the LGBT Center of Orange County are partnering to ensure that LGBTQ victims of domestic violence have the specific tools and support they need to get help.

Read the full article on LATimes.com The Daily Pilot

Changing social beliefs, attitudes and the behaviors that perpetuate domestic violence while creating a safe space in which to empower individuals and families affected by abuse.

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