From the Introduction: "LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and/or Queer) communities and the victim service providers who offer opportunities for healing, support and justice to them, have been deeply impacted by the COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] pandemic. LGBTQ+ survivors have historically faced barriers to services due to systemic homophobia, biphobia, transphobia; federal, state, and local laws and policies that deny or limit access to services; and/or pervasive fears of mistreatment from prior negative experiences. LGBTQ+ communities also experience higher health disparities than some other population groups, placing them at higher risk of contracting COVID-19 or successfully combatting the illness if infected. The intersections of barriers, health disparities, survivorship and many other factors, and COVID-19 create new challenges and opportunities for victim service providers to continue to improve services in new and innovative ways. This brief explores some of those needs and creative solutions shared during listening sessions, strategy sessions, and conversations with survivors."
National Resource Center for Reaching Victims; FORGE
National Resource Center for Reaching Victims: https://reachingvictims.org/