Media Release

LGBT Intimate Partner Violence Support Group

Thursday, September 19, 2013 10:15 AM
LGBT Support Group Flyer

ALACHUA COUNTY, FL – Alachua County Victim Services & Rape Crisis Center is offering a 10 week support group for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) survivors of “Intimate Partner Violence.” The group begins in late October and is free of charge. This support group will allow survivors of intimate partner violence to connect with other survivors and begin exploring ways to heal in a safe and supportive environment. 

Alachua County Victim Advocate Therapist, Jennifer Heard said, “The trauma that intimate partner violence creates can take months or even years to overcome.” She continued, “Many LGBT survivors of intimate partner violence do not come forward or seek out services for several reasons, including fear of not being believed, being unsure of what inclusive services are available, and fear of ridicule or discrimination. With this group we aim to create a safe, inclusive space for all survivors that will allow them to connect with one another and begin reclaiming their strength through shared experiences.”

The group is available to survivors that identify as members of the LGBT community and is open to all gender identities and gender expressions.

View the group flyer.

For more information, contact Jennifer Heard at 352-264-6737.


  • Mark Sexton
  • Communications & Legislative Affairs Director
  • Phone: 352-374-5204
  • Cell: 352-283-2317

If you have a disability and need an accommodation in order to participate in a County program, service or public meeting, please contact the Alachua County Equal Opportunity Office at 352-374-5275 at least 2 business days prior to the event. TTY users please call 711 (Florida Relay Service).