“Surveys show that at least 1 in 4 LGB&T people experience domestic violence. LGB&T domestic violence exists. It is real.”
The government definition of domestic violence is “Any incident of threatening behaviour, violence or abuse (psychological, physical, sexual, financial or emotional) between adults who are or have been intimate partners or family members, regardless of gender or sexuality.”
The definition of abuse recognises the needs of LGB people and includes violence and abuse from family members.
What does domestic violence mean in real terms? It can include keeping you away from all your friends; checking your mobile phone; controlling your/joint finances; forcing you to have sex; and hitting you... this list is not exhaustive.
What can you do?
If you have been assaulted or you fear for your own safety or for the safety of others then you should call the police.
You can call organisations such as Broken Rainbow or the National Domestic Violence helpline for help and support, and advice on what to do next if you want to make that step.
You can also check out your local authority’s website or call them, as they will have details of local Domestic Violence support services, again to help and support you to move on.
Broken Rainbow - provides support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people experiencing domestic violence.
0845 260 4460 (lo-call rate)
National Domestic Violence helpline (24 hours) for general help and advice
0808 2000 247