Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT)

Whatever a person's sexual or gender identity, isolation, degradation and control are common factors within the experience of domestic abuse.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) people are affected by domestic abuse as much as those in heterosexual relationships, but there may be additional pressures to hide this abuse from others. Individuals in LGBT relationships may be reluctant to disclose what is happening to them, for fear that it may validate negative views friends and family may have expressed about their sexuality.

In addition an LGBT person may also be subject to abuse from family members because of their sexuality. Such abuse may also be classed as a hate crime. This may also be a factor in forced marriages, where known LGBT victims are forced into a marriage by family or community members.

Individuals may experience transphobic abuse, where their abusers use their partner's gender identity against them, for example by refusing to use the correct pronouns (he/she/they etc.).

LGBT people may face an added fear and threat of being "outed" by the perpetrator. Even individuals who are "out" in public and private life may feel reluctant to disclose their experiences, for fear of experiencing homophobia or a lack of understanding from a support service.

All local specialist domestic abuse services are trained to recognise and understand these additional barriers, and work with LGBT services to develop better responses. However, telephone support and information can also accessed via http://www.galop.org.uk/

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