Domestic abuse within LGBT communities is often overlooked within mainstream services. Abuse or hostile behaviour can come from a partner, family member or housemate. Differences between LGBT relationships and heterosexual and/or cisnormative relationships can also make it harder to identify abuse. For this reason, there are unique factors to consider when supporting LGBT people who are or have previously experienced domestic abuse.

Around 1 in 10 LGBT people (11%) have experienced domestic abuse from a partner in the last year compared to only 6% of women and 3% of men in the general population who experienced domestic abuse from a partner in the past year.

In addition, 72% of LGBT Foundation's service users had not accessed mainstream domestic abuse services prior to engaging with our service.

In response, LGBT Foundation’s Domestic Abuse programme is delivering training to healthcare professionals and other organisations who directly or indirectly support LGBT people. Training covers a range of inequalities faced by LGBT victims of abuse including:

  • Power dynamics and complexities within LGBT relationships
  • Types of abuse experienced by LGBT people
  • Barriers to accessing mainstream domestic abuse services
  • Confident and informed signposting for LGBT people
  • Recommendations for inclusive practice, procedures and policies within healthcare services

This training will provide you with further understanding about LGBT communities and frameworks, which can be used to ensure that LGBT people get the best possible support. The training coordinator will also discuss opportunities for collaboration and provide consultancy support post-training.

Engaging in our Domestic Abuse Training will support your obligations under the Equality Act 2010 by better understanding and meeting the needs of communities of identity.

Training is available until April 2021. For more information, or to book a training session, contact [email protected]