LGBT Domestic Abuse

hDomestic 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.

LGBT Domestic Abuse Project
Provides help, information, support and training here in Scotland.

Broken Rainbow
Provides services advice and support to the LGBT community experiencing domestic violence.
Specialist transgender helpline Tuesdays 10am – 5pm.
National helpline: 0300 999 5428

Dyn Project
If you are a man experiencing domestic abuse you can contact:
Helpline 0808 801 0321 or email

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.