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Supporting Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex (LGBTQI) People

Supporting Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex (LGBTQI) People


LGBTQI people experience domestic violence regardless of age, class, disability, gender identity, caring responsibility, immigration status, race or religion. LGBTQI 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 you.

Who is abused?

Any LGBT person can be abused regardless of gender, age, disability, nationality or background. PTAWA services and the The Live Fear Free Helpline welcomes calls from everyone experiencing abuse.

Domestic violence & LGBT people

Domestic violence can be physical, emotional, financial, or psychological. Sexual abuse is often a part of domestic violence.

You are being abused if your partner/ex-partner/ boyfriend/girlfriend/family member does any of the following:

  • Constantly criticises your appearance, undermines your decisions and opinions
  • Undermines and belittles your sexual orientation, or questions your identity
  • Threatens to ‘out’ you to your family, friends, partners, colleagues, and neighbours
  • Is jealous and possessive and continually accuses you of being unfaithful
  • Controls how you express yourself as an LGBT person, or forces you to ‘act straight’
  • Threatens to take custody of your children or prevent you from seeing them

Organisations that can help:

Broken Rainbow

The LGBT Domestic Violence Charity

Stone Wall

Stonewall campaigns for the equality of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people across Britain.

Dyn Wales

The Safter Wales Dyn project provides support to Heterosexual, Gay, Bisexual and Trans men who are experiencing Domestic Abuse from a partner.

Counselling Directory

A confidential service that connects individuals with qualified counsellors in the UK.