LGBTQ+ Victims of Domestic Abuse*
Domestic Abuse is rooted in power and control. It can affect anyone, including those from the LGBTQ+ community.
More than one in four (27.5 percent) gay men and lesbian women and more than one in three (37.3 percent) bisexual people report at least one form of domestic abuse since the age of 16. ONS (2016)
TDAS understand that you may be worried to talk about your experiences of Domestic Abuse for many reasons and that there may seem to be added complexity in seeking help. We want to reassure you that we’re here to support you and that reaching out for professional support could be your first step to break free from the abuse you are experiencing.
TDAS are aware of the particular, additional ways that domestic abuse can impact Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Non-binary and Queer people.
These can include;
Threats to out you to family members, friends, community or religious groups etc.
Ridiculing, belittling or undermining you based on your gender identity and/or sexual orientation.
Denying you access to medical treatment including hormones, surgery or PEP (post exposure prophylaxis) and (pre-exposure prophylaxis).
Imposing rules about how you can/can’t behave based on stereotypes, homophobia or transphobia.
Questioning and controlling your gender identity and/or sexual orientation.
Restricting your access to LGBT spaces and support networks.
This is unacceptable and you have the right to support to move on.
Our Domestic Abuse Advisers work closely with colleagues from the domestic abuse team at the LGBT Foundation to ensure that we can support you in the best possible way. We can also refer you to other/additional services so that you can have the support that is right for you.
Our staff are fully trained about LGBTQ+ abuse to ensure that they can provide you with appropriate guidance and support. We support all victims of domestic abuse , including LGBTQ+ and male victims, tailoring our support to meet an individual’s needs including the specific and unique experiences of LGBTQ+ victims.
We can provide support to you through the following services:
Domestic Abuse Surgery
One to One and Group Programmes
Children and Young People
You do not need to feel alone during these times where you are being controlled and manipulated, we are only a call away.
*the + represents other sexual identities including pansexual, asexual, omnisexual etc. It’s the accepted and inclusive way to refer to the queer community, who can be grouped by one common theme: the fact they don’t identify as straight and/or cisgender.