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Domestic violence occurs in about 1 out of 4 relationships. LGBTQ+ couples experience the same rate of violence in their relationships. Persad Center’s Battering Intervention Program seeks to help LGBTQ+ individuals who are involved in these relationships to end the violence in a safe environment that is affirming of their identity and relationship.


Persad Center helps individuals to examine the negative patterns in their relationships, how to spot the triggers for violence, and teaches skills to stop the cycles of abuse. Participants in our program are taught to recognize and communicate their thoughts and feelings more effectively. This program will help you to fulfill your requirements for the court as well.


If you have been arrested during a same-sex domestic violence incident, we can help. Persad offers a program that helps you to examine your violent reactions, your triggers and feelings, and helps you to learn new behaviors.



For more information on the Battering Intervention Program, contact Persad Center.

Battering Intervention Program

If you are a victim of violence, please know this is not your fault. While our Battering Intervention Program does not provide any immediate support for survivors, Persad Center is here for you with ongoing LGBTQ-affirming mental health counseling and support. Here are a few resources to help you stay safe right now: 

Center for Victims has a 24/7 crisis helpline at 1-866-644-2882 to help respond to your emergency needs, answer questions, and provide support.

For victims of a rape or sexual assault, PAAR is available to support you. Call their 24/7 hotline at 1-866-END-RAPE or use their online chat by clicking here.

Re:solve has a walk-in crisis center at 333 North Braddock Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15208. They also offer emergency shelter to those who qualify.



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