Domestic abuse - resources for professionals

4. Domestic violence in LGBT relationships

Domestic violence is classed as any type of abusive behaviour by either partner that attempts to achieve and sustain control over the other. It is all about power and control, trying to manipulate and dominate the other.

It happens across all communities, all classes, long term or short term relationships, social classes, ages, different cultures. It can also happen in all types of relationships, even in LGBT relationships.

 

It's not always physical

Domestic violence can take many forms, including:hand painted like a rainbow giving the thumbs up

  • emotional abuse
  • physical violence
  • sexual assault
  • social or financial control

For many LGBT people, the reality of LGBT relationship violence is rarely discussed so it is not even surprising to hear that some LGBT people will not know where to get help. It may be hard for the victims to seek help as they may not want to disclose their sexuality because of the general homophobia or transphobia in modern society.

If you are experiencing abuse in a lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender relationship you do not have to suffer in silence. No one deserves to be in an abusive relationship.

For more information on the unique signs of domestic abuse within a LGBT relationship please see our LGBT Domestic Violence & Abuse leaflet.

 

Help available in Buckinghamshire

LAGLO Thames Valley Police
Lesbian and Gay Liaison Officers are available specifically to help LGBT victims in Buckinghamshire
Telephone: 101 and request a "LAGLO".

Aylesbury Women's Aid
Provides support to victims of Domestic Abuse through outreach, programmes and dedicated workers. Support is also on offer for male victims.
Telephone: 01296 436 827

Wycombe Women's Aid
Provides support to victims of Domestic Abuse through outreach, programmes and dedicated workers. Support is also on offer for male victims.
Telephone: 01494 461 367

In an Emergency
If your partner (or ex-partner) has assaulted you or you are afraid for your own or others' safety you can call the Police in an emergency always ring 999.

Police Domestic Abuse Investigation Unit
The Police take reports from the Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay and Transgender community very seriously.
Telephone: 101

GALOP
Telephone: 0300 999 5428

National 24 Domestic Violence Helpline
Telephone: 0808 2000 247

Shelter
A free, national telephone advice line staffed by trained housing advisers who can help
Telephone: 0808 800 4444

Gender Trust National Helpline
For more information on Trans* issues
Telephone: 01527 894 838

Respect
For people who are abusive to their partners and want to stop
Telephone: 0808 802 4040

One Recovery Bucks
Substance misuse service for adults
Telephone: 0300 772 9672

Young Addaction
Substance misuse service for young people
Telephone: 01296 331 933

For more information on LGBT Domestic Abuse advice visit the Reducing the Risk website.

 

Help available nationally

GALOP
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans Helpline 
Telephone: 0300 999 5428 
Online: GALAP website 

National 24 Domestic Violence Helpline
Telephone: 0808 2000 247

Shelter 
A free, national telephone advice line staffed by trained housing advisers who can help.
Telephone: 0808 800 4444
Online: Shelter website

Gender Trust National Helpline 
For more information on Trans issues 
Telephone: 01527 894 838

Respect
For people who are abusive to their partners and want to stop.
Telephone: 0808 802 4040
Online: Respect website

In an emergency always call 999

 

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Last updated: 14 May 2020

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