UK SAYS NO MORE LGBTQ+ awareness week: During the week of 24th-30th October, we want to showcase the support available for the LGBTQ+ Community, and highlight key issues surrounding domestic violence and sexual assault.
Domestic violence and sexual assault can happen to anyone, at any time.
Reports suggest that about 25% of LGBTQ+ people experience violent or threatening relationships during their lifetime. For some, finding the correct kind of support can be extremely difficult which ultimately affects their ability to recover.
Turning to a specialist, such as an LGBTQ+ IDVA (Independent Domestic Violence Advocate) service, can be frightening, you may worry they may not understand you, your needs or even believe you.
If you are a victim of domestic or sexual violence, we want you to know that you are not alone and that there are services out there which can guide and support you. They can give you detailed information and guidance, provide emotional and practical support, advocacy and counselling.
Domestic violence in LGBTQ+ relationships
Domestic violence and sexual assault are often under-reported, especially in the LGBTQ+ community. This can be for variety of reasons such as not feeling comfortable to disclose your sexual preference or gender identity, a threat of being ‘outed’ by your partner if you try to seek help, or fear of being isolated from the community.
Abuse can occur in many forms such as physical, financial, emotional and psychological, and for those in LGBTQ+ relationships there are unique factors which perpetrators may play upon to carry on the abuse. There are also specific barriers LGBTQ+ victims of abuse may face to leaving. Learn more about abuse in LGBTQ+ relationships and the specific barriers victims of sexual or domestic abuse may face when seeking support.
UK SAYS NO MORE understands the importance of IDVA services that specialise with the LGBTQ+ Community.
This is why UK SAYS NO MORE has partnered with Galop – the UK’s leading LGBT anti-violence charity who for 34 years has offered advice and support to people who have experienced biphobia, homophobia, transphobia, sexual violence or domestic abuse.
If you are worried that you or someone you know is in an abusive relationship, get in touch with Galop, who run the National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans* (LGBT) Domestic Violence Helpline.
You can call the helpline at 0300 999 5428 or 0800 9995428.
10am – 8pm Monday
10am – 5pm Tuesday
10am – 5pm Wednesday
10am – 8pm Thursday
1pm – 5pm Friday
(1pm – 5pm Tuesday is trans specific service).
Find out more about Galop.