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LGBTQ+ and domestic Abuse 

Domestic abuse is a serious issue that affects people from all backgrounds, including those in the LGBTQ+ community. While the dynamics of abuse in LGBTQ+ relationships can share similarities with those in heterosexual relationships, there are also unique challenges and barriers faced by LGBTQ+ individuals. Sadly this abuse is greatly under reported.

 

We encourage open conversations about domestic abuse within LGBTQ+ communities. This is crucial for raising awareness, breaking the stigma, and fostering a supportive environment where individuals feel safe seeking help. 

AIM Northwest encourage conversation about domestic abuse within the LGBT community. We believe the need for this abuse to be discussed more openly so that those suffering from abuse can: 

  • Understand and accept that abuse does happen in the LGBTQ community

  • Know that its ok to ask for help and that help is available 

  • Recognise when they may be suffering abuse or when someone they know is suffering from abuse. 

Domestic abuse can happen to anyone, regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, or relationship status. It can be physical, emotional, sexual, financial, or psychological. 

  • Recognising abuse can be difficult, especially when it comes from someone you love and trust.  It’s important to know that experiencing abuse is never your fault, and you deserve to feel safe, respected, and valued in your relationships.

  • There is a lack of awareness about what constitutes domestic violence within LGBTQ+ relationships, This can lead to underreporting and a lack of support for victims. 

    We understand the stigma and discrimination you may have faced from service providers,  know that we understand, we are ready to provide you confidential, safe, free from discrimination help and support.

Physical - (kicking, punching, spitting, Burning) 

Emotional - (threats, insulting, putting you down) 

Sexual - (forcing sex acts or to watch or take part in sexual act against your will) 

Financial - (controlling benefits/wage, stalking, or harassing you at work, getting you in trouble with your employer) 

Psychological - (controlling benefits/wage, stalking, or harassing you at work, getting you in trouble with your employer) 

if you are unsure whether you are suffering from domestic abuse then please read the list of questions below below.

If you answer YES to any of the questions, get in touch with us for some advice:

  • Are you having your gender transition medication withheld?

  • Is your partner threatening to reveal you gender or sexual identity to others without consent?

  • is your partner or close family threating to reveal medication conditions such as HIV to other people or employers?

  • Are you being prevented from having any control over your finances?

  • Are you being subjected to physical abuse such as being bit, hit, kicked, or punched?

  • Are you being called names, being insulted, belittled or is your family or partner refusing to address you with your identified pronouns or by ridiculing your appearance and identity.

  • Are you feeling fearful, tearful or anxious about being in your own home?

To contact us, head to our support page or call us at:

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