The NC LGBTQ Domestic Violence Response Initiative is a statewide partnership between the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, three community-based domestic violence service provider agencies, one university-based service provider, and one community-based LGBTQ center. The goal of the Initiative is to increase the capacity of communities to provide safe, affirming, and quality service to LGBTQ-identified survivors of domestic violence.

This project was supported by Grant No. 014256 awarded by the North Carolina Governor’s Crime Commission. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this presentation are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the state of North Carolina or the U.S. Department of Justice.

Project Partners

UNCG’s Campus Violence Response Center:



Outer Banks Hotline:  

LGBTQ Center of Durham:

Family Service of the Piedmont:

Goals and Impact

Project cycle 2 Goals 

“Our impact”

Other results 

Community Needs Assessment

The purpose of our Community Needs Assessment is to gather information from stakeholders (including LGBTQ survivors) living or working in various communities where the NC LGBTQ Domestic Violence Response Initiative is operating. The NC LGBTQ Domestic Violence Response Initiative has a goal of improving domestic violence service providers’ capacity to provide safe, effective, and culturally competent services to LGBTQ-identified survivors of domestic violence, and we hope the community needs assessment will give further information to meet this goal. This project has been approved by the university’s Institutional Review Board. 

Links for materials related to the Community Needs Assessment can be found below:

Study Information Sheet for LGBTQ Survivors & Community Members

Consent form for LGBTQ Survivors & Community Members

Project Staff

Kate Rawson, M. Ed (she, her, hers), LGBTQ Victim Services Specialist 

As the specialist for the project, Kate provides support as well as Training & Technical Assistance to our project partners across the state. Kate studied Psychology at Appalachian State and got her Master’s in Student Affairs Administration from UNCG. Go Spartans! Prior to this role, Kate worked as an advocate in UNCG’s Campus Violence Response Center. She is passionate about advancing equity and inclusion for Queer & Trans folks through an anti-violence and anti-racist framework. Outside of work, Kate likes to go on adventures with her partner and cuddle with her cat Bernie. You can connect with Kate at 

Paige Hall Smith, Ph. D (she, her, hers), Professor in Public Heath Education

Paige Hall Smith is the co-director of the NC LGBTQ DV Response Initiative and a  professor of Public Health Education. She received her doctorate in health behavior and health education from UNC Chapel Hill and her MSPH in health policy and administration, also from UNC-CH. She was the Linda Arnold Carlisle Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies for 2004-2006. She served as director of UNCG’s Center for Women’s Health and Wellness from 2005-2020. Her research continues to focus on breastfeeding and gender violence prevention and response. Prior gender violence research has focused on various areas including conceptualization and measurement (Women’s Experience with Battering Scale), health care response to domestic violence, and prevalence and risk factors for victimization and perpetration of sexual violence. Her work in breastfeeding centers on assessing the links between infant feeding and gender. She was director of the Breastfeeding and Feminism International Conference for 2004-2019. Dr. Smith is an active member of the Community Church of Chapel Hill Unitarian Universalist and enjoys spending time with her daughter, going to the beach, and is currently training to be a yoga teacher. Email:

Resources for LGBTQ Partner Violence

Resources for Survivors, Advocates, & educators