Safe Harbor is an inclusive service provider and understands that victims of domestic violence, and or sexual assault experience complex and variable challenges through their journey to becoming a survivor. Regardless of identity, victims often fear that they will not be believed, they may fear losing their family, their children, their support systems(s), and they may be financially dependent on their abuser or assailant.
Underrepresented and underserved communities often experience challenges with greater complexity because of the intersectionality between being a victim of domestic violence, and or sexual assault, and their identity.
The complexities that may impact one’s ability to advocate for themselves in an unhealthy relationship or report an assault include and are not limited to lived experiences of misogyny, sexism, racism, xenophobia, homophobia, and transphobia as tools of oppression in society.
- People of color may be more reluctant to report domestic violence and or sexual assault because of the intersectionality between their identity, racism and oppression.
- Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex people may be reluctant to report for fear of being outed, fear of being judged and or mistreatment from people or systems designed to support but cause inadvertent damage because of a lack of awareness.
As Safe Harbor is an inclusive service provider, our advocates are equipped in trauma informed care practices to holistically support victims and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.