Spotlight #6: LGBT+ people and domestic abuse
What the data tells us
For this Spotlight we’re delighted to be working in partnership with Stonewall – the LGBT+ charity campaigning for acceptance without exception – as our national partner, and Galop – the LGBT+ anti-violence charity – as our specialist domestic abuse partner.
If you would like to reference this report, please use the following: SafeLives (2018) Free To Be Safe: LGBT+ people experiencing domestic abuse.
What you can expect
Our sixth Spotlight focuses on victims and survivors of domestic abuse who identify as LGBT+. Although huge strides towards equality have been made, LGBT+ communities still face additional barriers when accessing services, as well as experiencing discrimination in wider society.
We know that LGBT+ communities encompass a diverse range of people with very different identities and experiences, which is why we’ve tried to include as many different voices as we can. We’ll be exploring the different groups and intersections amongst LGBT+ people, and the different barriers they face when accessing services. We also want to hear from you: join the conversation on Twitter, using the hashtag #FreeToBeSafe.
Through a combination of blogs, podcasts and videos, we’ll be posting the latest research, practical resources and guidance.
Suzie*'s story: a trans woman's experience of domestic abuse – as told to Tiffany Parsons, Independent Choices
Sophie*'s story: young bisexual women and sexual violence – as told to Collette Eaton-Harris, SafeLives
A week in the life of a specialist LGBT Idva - Sajida Bandali, Birmingham LGBT
Sexual violence in GBT relationships - Luke Martin, SafeLives associate trainer and consultant
Making domestic abuse services accessible to LGBT+ people - Aaron Slater, Service Manager at Fearless, Sacro
Supporting GBT men - The Dyn Project
LGBT young people's experiences of domestic abuse - Janice Stevenson, LGBT Youth Scotland
The importance of Relationship and Sex Education for young LGBT people - Jacob, a young Stonewall campaigner
Why a volunteer project built a tool for the global LGBTQIA+ community – Michelle, volunteer at The Supernova Project
Managing counter-allegations – Luke Martin
Barriers to accessing services for LGBT+ people – Peter Kelley and Dr Jasna Magić, Galop
Criminal justice responses to LGBT+ domestic abuse – Tiana Kooner, Cardiff University
Supporting LGBT+ survivors of sexual violence – Bev Higgins and Mark Sisterson, the Rape and Sexual Violence Project, Birmingham
Understanding sexuality and gender discrimination – interview with Poppy Freeman
In this video provided by the Voices Unheard Project at LGBT Scotland, LBGT young people share their understanding, knowledge and experience of domestic abuse so that those supporting them can better respond to their needs
We spoke to Evelyn from RISE, about the prevalence of domestic abuse in LGBT+ communities, and how services can support LGBT+ victims and survivors.
We hosted a webinar with Catherine Donovan of the University of Sunderland, exploring why and how violence may be used in LGBT+ relationships. Watch the recording
For our second webinar, we were joined by DS Sarah Harris of Greater Manchester Police, and Tiffany Parsons, an LGBT Idva at Independent Choices. They talked about the introduction of a new coding system at GMP, which has enabled them to identify previously unseen LGBT victims of domestic abuse. Watch the recording.
Our domestic abuse specialist partner for this Spotlights series Galop, have produced a wealth of factsheets to support professionals achieve best practice when supporting LGBT+ victims of domestic abuse, sexual violence and hate crime. Galop have also curated an online LGBT+ DV Resource Library. This collection provides direct links to resources relevant for LGBT+ people, service providers working with LGBT+ victims of domestic abuse and researchers interested in the topic. It includes UK based resources, available online and published after 2000.
Maria spoke to Chief Inspector Julie Fry of Hampshire Constabulary, about their response to victims of domestic abuse who identify as LGBT+
Collette spoke to Berkeley Wild, founder and director of The Diversity Trust. Read the transcript
We speak to Leanne from Stonewall Housing, about the issues that can arise for LGBT+ victims of domestic abuse around housing. Read the transcript.
Collette and Ruth from SafeLives discuss what our data says about bisexual women accessing services, and the dynamics of abuse for bisexual women. Read the transcript.
Collette speaks to Evelyn, a specialist LGBT Idva at Rise, about good practice for supporting lesbian and bisexual women. Read the transcript
Collette speaks to Jude, helpline manager at Galop. Read the transcript
Collette speaks to Millie and Iain at Galop, about risk and safety planning for LGBT+ clients. Read the transcript
Collette speaks to Justin Varney from Public Health England, about the risks faced by lesbian and bisxeual women. Read the transcript