YWCA Central Massachusetts Statement: Domestic Violence Homicide in Millbury

The YWCA Central Massachusetts extends condolences to the family and the Millbury community on the tragic death of Ryan C. Anderson, who was killed in a domestic violence homicide in Millbury, Massachusetts. When these incidents of violence happen, they are more than just headlines; they impact more than just victims; they also affect family members, friends, co-workers, and the community.

This incident highlighted that domestic violence impacts individuals of all gender identities, sexual orientations, and abilities. DV experts agree that domestic violence in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) relationships occur with the same frequency and severity as in heterosexual relationships. However, LBGTQ relationships have different tools available to them to achieve power and control, and survivors face other realities, including unique barriers and challenges to accessing supportive services often related to their sexual orientation, gender identity, and anti-LGBTQ+ bias within society. We must dispel myths about mutual abuse and higher levels of violence in LGBTQ+ relationships compared to heterosexual relationships.

This tragedy is a stark reminder that domestic violence homicide is often the final act in a pattern of abuse and control that escalates over time. As a community, we must hold those perpetrating abuse in relationships accountable and believe in and support survivors; while strengthening our response systems to ensure no more lives are lost. Emphasis must be placed on improving survivor services for LGBTQIA+ communities and advocating to end domestic violence in non-heterosexual relationships.

Everyone deserves to live a life free from abuse; please call our helpline for more information about domestic violence support.

YWCA Domestic Violence Helpline:
📞 508-755-9030
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Alyssa Mancinelli
Development & Communications Specialist
Email: amancinelli@ywcacm.org