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This profile was last updated on 11/6/14  and contains information from public web pages and contributions from the ZoomInfo community.

Therapist

Local Address: Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
Families First
1913 Crown Plaza Blvd.
Plainfield, Indiana 46168
United States

Company Description: Families First believes that strong families are the foundation of a healthy, productive society. The importance of families can't be overstated. Families are the...   more
Background

Employment History

  • Victim Advocate
    Families First
  • Victim Advocate
    Domestic Violence Network
  • Victim Advocate
    Central Indiana , Inc.

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Member
    LGBT community
Web References
LGBT Families – Indiana Equality Action
www.indianaequalityaction.org, 6 Nov 2014 [cached]
The idea to start an LGBT Domestic Abuse Support Group came to Leslie Burdine when she began working at Families First, a local organization specializing in counseling and education services for individuals and families. Leslie was hired in September 2010 as a Domestic Violence Victim Advocate within the organization's Breaking Free program (which provides support and education services to individuals struggling with domestic abuse). Being a member of the LGBT community herself, Leslie was well aware of the lack of LGBT resources within Indianapolis. It didn't take her long to discover there were no LGBT-specific domestic violence services being offered in central Indiana.
"That lack of service really concerned me," Leslie says. Studies show that domestic abuse occurs in LGBT communities with as much frequency and severity as it does in the heterosexual community (GLBT Domestic Violence Coalition and Jane Doe Inc., 2005). "There's a whole group of people suffering from abuse, with few places they feel they can turn to for help," Leslie notes.
After worrying over the logistics of the support group for months, Leslie finally felt ready to make her vision a reality. "I wanted to actually do it," she says, "not just keep talking about it."
...
Leslie understands this reluctance to seek help. "The LGBT community already struggles with a lack of community-wide support," she says. "So it can be hard for that same community to admit that domestic violence exists within their group. There's a fear that doing so will only compound what's already a fairly negative public image. Leslie hopes that as more individuals join the new group, and discover it to be a healing and supportive experience, more domestic abuse survivors within the LGBT community will be inspired to seek help, too.
For more information about Breaking Free's confidential LGBT Domestic Abuse Support Group, please call Leslie Burdine at 317-644-7233.
The idea to start an LGBT ...
www.indianaequality.org, 13 Mar 2012 [cached]
The idea to start an LGBT Domestic Abuse Support Group came to Leslie Burdine when she began working at Families First, a local organization specializing in counseling and education services for individuals and families. Leslie was hired in September 2010 as a Domestic Violence Victim Advocate within the organization's Breaking Free program (which provides support and education services to individuals struggling with domestic abuse). Being a member of the LGBT community herself, Leslie was well aware of the lack of LGBT resources within Indianapolis. It didn't take her long to discover there were no LGBT-specific domestic violence services being offered in central Indiana.
"That lack of service really concerned me," Leslie says. Studies show that domestic abuse occurs in LGBT communities with as much frequency and severity as it does in the heterosexual community (GLBT Domestic Violence Coalition and Jane Doe Inc., 2005). "There's a whole group of people suffering from abuse, with few places they feel they can turn to for help," Leslie notes. After worrying over the logistics of the support group for months, Leslie finally felt ready to make her vision a reality. "I wanted to actually do it," she says, "not just keep talking about it."
...
Leslie understands this reluctance to seek help. "The LGBT community already struggles with a lack of community-wide support," she says. "So it can be hard for that same community to admit that domestic violence exists within their group. There's a fear that doing so will only compound what's already a fairly negative public image. Leslie hopes that as more individuals join the new group, and discover it to be a healing and supportive experience, more domestic abuse survivors within the LGBT community will be inspired to seek help, too.
For more information about Breaking Free's confidential LGBT Domestic Abuse Support Group, please call Leslie Burdine at 317-644-7233.
Leslie was hired in ...
www.indianaequality.org, 13 Mar 2012 [cached]
Leslie was hired in September 2010 as a Domestic Violence Victim Advocate within the organization's Breaking Free program [...]
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