Domestic Abuse Support

There are many myths and stereotypes which minimise the experience for LGBT+ victims of abuse and make it difficult for victims to seek help. Common myths and stereotypes are: 

  • Abuse doesn't happen in same sex relationships Abuse in same sex relationships is not as serious as heterosexual abuse 
  • Abuse is more likely to be mutual 
  • Abuse is about size and strength - an abusive lesbian will be the more masculine one and a gay male victim will be the smaller one.  
  • Sexual abuse does not happen in same sex relationships – a woman cannot sexually assault another woman and a man cannot be raped 
  • Domestic abuse services don't support LGBT+ victims 
These are all false! 

Existence of LGBT+ Domestic Abuse: 

  • 25% of lesbian and bisexual women have experienced domestic abuse in a relationship (Stonewall, 2017) 
  • Almost half (49%) of gay and bi men have experienced at least one incident of domestic abuse from a family member or partner since the age of 16 (Stonewall, 2017) 
  • 80% of trans people have experienced emotional, sexual, or physical abuse from a partner or ex-partner (Scottish Transgender Alliance, 2010) 
  • There are also some issues which are unique to the experiences of LGBT+ people 
  • The perpetrator may threaten to 'out' the victim to friends, family, colleagues, and others as a method of control
  • A victim may believe they deserve abuse due to internalised negative beliefs about themselves 
  • With specific reference to trans people the perpetrator may withhold medication or prevent treatment needed to express victim's gender identity 
  • Refuse to use correct pronouns and prevent the abused from telling other people about their trans identity 
  • Ridicule the person's body image (body shaming) In Doncaster, there are specialist support services that welcome LGBT+ victims. 

Find out more at www.doncaster.gov.uk/domesticabuse or call the Doncaster Domestic Abuse Hub on 01302 737080 

If you are a survivor of domestic abuse and want to tell us about your experience and help improve services for other victims please complete an anonymous questionnaire at: http://www.doncaster.gov.uk/services/crime-anti-social-behaviour-nuisance/domestic-abuse-have-your-say 

or go to www.doncaster.gov.uk/domesticabuse and click on Have Your Say.
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