Domestic abuse is the misuse of power and control by one person over another within the context of a close personal relationship. There are many parallels between LGBT people’s experience of domestic abuse and that of heterosexual women, including the types of abuse and the impact on the abused partner. However, there are a number of aspects that are unique to LGBT domestic abuse:
Outing as a method of control
Blaming the abuse on being lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender
It can be hard for LGBT domestic abuse victims to seek help because they may not want to disclose their sexuality
Threats to expose as transgender
The situation could be seen as a fight between two equals rather than a violent intimate relationship
You will not stop your partner’s abuse: only they can do that. Please seek help. Everyone who approaches us for support will receive the best, most appropriate advice and support we can give.
Provides services advice and support to the LGBT community experiencing domestic violence.
Specialist transgender helpline Tuesdays 10am – 5pm.
National helpline: 0300 999 5428
Highland LGBT Forum
A voluntary group providing support and information for the LGBT Community across the Highlands and Islands. They organise events to raise awareness around LGBT issues, a range of social events to lessen the isolation felt by many in the LGBT community and generally work toward fair and equal treatment for LGBT people.