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Gay Domestic Violence Survivor May Sue For Discrimination

The Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD) has ruled that a gay man has probable cause for a gender discrimination case against the R.O.S.E. Fund, which provides free facial reconstructive surgery to victims of domestic violence.

This is a pretty big deal, since straight and same-sex domestic violence share a lot of the same characteristics.

  • One out of four to one out of three same-sex relationships have experienced domestic violence – one in four women in heterosexual relationships have experienced domestic violence.
  • The patterns of abuse are similar, often including a cycle of physical, emotional, and psychological mistreatment, leaving the victim with feelings of isolation, fear and guilt.
  • No race, ethnicity, or socio-economic status is exempt.