Our specialist service supports all LGB&T* people affected by domestic abuse.
Domestic violence can be difficult to identify, especially for the person experiencing it. People sometimes misunderstand domestic violence and think it is only physical abuse when actually it can be emotional, psychological, financial or sexual abuse.
LGB&T* people experience domestic violence regardless of age, class, disability, gender identity, caring responsibility, immigration status, race or religion. LGB&T* people can find it hard to talk about domestic violence.
Acknowledging that any current or ex-partner or family member is an ‘abuser’ is hard, and this can be made harder by threats of ‘outing’ or because of fear of further isolation, but there are agencies and people who can help and support both you and the ‘abusive’ person.
Am I being abused?
- Do you feel like you are ‘walking on egg shells’ or living with constant stress, fear or anxiety?
- Does your partner criticise, ridicule, humiliate or belittle you?
- Does your partner seem like two different people: one charming and loving and the other mean and hurtful?
- Do they threaten to ‘out’ you at work, to your family or to others?
- Do they push, shove, grab, punch, hit or strike you?
- Do they prevent you from practicing safe sex?
If you have answered yes to some or all of the above you may be in an abusive relationship.
We support all people identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual or trans, and anyone falling under the umbrella term of LGB&T* such as queer, intersex, pansexual, gender non-binary or gender fluid, including those questioning their sexual orientation and/or gender identity
You are not alone. There is help and support available.
For confidential support and advice contact the LGB&T* Service on 01273 622 828 (open 9 – 5pm, Monday – Friday)