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ICYMI: It’s On Us and YSL Beauty Partner on New Research Index Focused On Intimate Partner Violence in LGBTQIA+ Community

Part of the Abuse Is Not Love campaign, this unprecedented international research delves into lack of representation, persisting stigmatization and perceptions of toxic, abusive and healthy relationships in LGBTQIA+ community

(WASHINGTON, DC): Today, It’s On Us joined YSL Beauty to release a new study focused on intimate partner violence among LGBTQIA+ students as part of the Abuse Is Not Love campaign.

It’s On Us and YSL Beauty have partnered since 2019 to prevent intimate partner violence and promote healthy relationships, working with Dr. Beth Livingston to study college students’ perceptions of abusive and healthy relationships. Specifically, the study released today as part of this work focuses on intimate partner violence in LGBTQIA+ student communities and relationships across five countries: the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Spain and Germany. 

Full findings are HERE, and key insights in the U.S. include: 

  • 41% of respondents have experienced intimate partner violence in a relationship
  • 32% of respondents have been accused of intimate partner violence
  • 83% of LGBTQIA+ adults surveyed have experienced a form of intimate partner violence
  • 45% of LGBTQIA+ respondents don’t know where to find support
  • Being called crazy is the most common sign of intimate partner violence respondents have experienced (40%)
  • Ignoring their partner when angry is the most common intimate partner violence behavior U.S. respondents reported displaying to a partner (33%)

More than a third of respondents in each country surveyed said fear of stigmatization is the biggest barrier for those in the LGBTQIA+ community seeking help for intimate partner violence. In the U.S., another barrier is lack of representation of instances of LGBTQIA+ intimate partner violence in the media. 

It’s On Us and YSL Beauty will use these findings to continue developing education and training modules specifically created to reach and resonate with  LGBTQIA+ students. 

Media interested in speaking to Tracey Vitchers, Executive Director of It’s On Us, about this research and the Abuse Is Not Love campaign should contact