The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP) has learned of intimate partner violence (IPV) homicides in New Orleans and Dallas in the past week. According to police, on Oct. 17, in Central City, New Orleans, Marcel Ivory, was fatally stabbed by his boyfriend while he was beating the boyfriend. The boyfriend, whose name has not been released, is not expected to be charged at this time according to New Orleans police. In Dallas, Jonathan Stuart Kenney, was arrested last week under suspicion of having killed his partner, Jeanette Tovar, a transgender woman, on Monday, October 15. The Dallas County Medical Examiner's Office has ruled Tovar's death a homicide, and the cause of death as blunt force trauma to the head.
The most recent report on IPV in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and HIV-affected communities (LGBTQH), issued this month by NCAVP, documented 19 IPV homicides, the highest yearly total ever recorded by the coalition and more than three times the 6 documented homicides in 2010. Of the 19 homicide victims, a majority (63.2%) of IPV homicide victims were men, indicating that gay men disproportionately victims of homicide in 2011. IPV homicides in LGBTQH relationships are a serious problem in the United States as is demonstrated by these recent homicide reports. NCAVP is working with the LGBT Community Center of New Orleans, an NCAVP member organization in New Orleans, and Resource Center Dallas, our member organization in Dallas, to offer our assistance with their efforts to support these communities during this critical time.
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NCAVP works to prevent, respond to, and end all forms of violence against and within lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and HIV-affected (LGBTQH) communities. NCAVP is a national coalition of local member programs and affiliate organizations who create systemic and social change. NCAVP is a program of the New York City Anti-Violence Project.