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Research Committee

The objective of the Research Committee is to enhance the information known about LGBTQ intimate partner violence in the D.C. metro region. Currently the committee manages two major initiatives: a self-report partner violence survey and a database tracking MPD responses to LGBTQ partner violence. 

Opportunities for Volunteers:
Volunteers who join the Research Committee have the opportunity to assist on both initiatives as well as various other tasks, including but not limited to: 
  • Working with the committee chair to analyze data from RRC’s 2012-2013 self-report survey; participate in the writing of the 2012-2013 IPV report; produce factsheets and informational graphs to be used as educational tools 
  • Represent RRC and present research findings at community events and educational programs 
  • Provide data entry support for the MPD tracking database 
  • Assist in semi-annual analysis of MPD responses to incidents of LGBTQ IPV – including producing a factsheet and informational charts/graphs 
  • Author or co-author blog posts, op-eds, letters to the editor, or testimony related to the specific impacts of IPV on the LGBTQ community in D.C. 
  • Work with committee chair on the improvement and future study design of RRC’s self-report survey 

Meeting Time:

Currently the research committee does not have a regular meeting time, but for more information please contact Committee Chair Paul Ashton at pashton@rainbowresponse.org

2012 Survey

In 2012, Rainbow Response enhanced their survey tool utilized in the groundbreaking 2009 intimate partner violence report to again capture partner violence's impact on the LGBTQ community in the D.C. Metro area. 


Preliminary results for the District of Columbia are now available:



2009 Partner Violence Report

In March 2009, RRC released our first report on the incidence of IPV among LGBTQ people in the Metro DC area and attitude towards this problem.
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