Domestic Abuse: Advice for LGBT communities

Information tells us that often people from the LGBT community feel isolated or lack the confidence to come forward to report domestic abuse. Sometimes there is enough understanding about domestic abuse because there hasn’t been much information or discussion in the LGBT communities about the issue. People can feel isolated from support groups that are seen as just supporting heterosexual women.

Male victims in same sex relationships are particularly vulnerable as they often fail to recognise their experiences as domestic abuse if it does happen to them or know how to respond. There is a fear of not being believed, ‘outing’ themselves to services and a belief that services may not have the knowledge or resources to work with LGBT individuals

Domestic abuse is a crime, don’t suffer in silence.