1 in 4
Domestic abuse has been of increasing
public concern in the UK since the 1970s. However, domestic abuse in
same sex relationships is only becoming more apparent - particularly
due to campaigns run by charities such as Broken Rainbow - a charity
offering advice and support to LGBT victims of domestic abuse.
Luckily, the charity has had its funding extended until 2017
following fears that the service may have been at risk.
Domestic abuse within same sex relationships is a problem that
affects a large number of the population. 1 in 4 of the lesbian and
gay people experience domestic abuse. As yet, there has been very
little research into the experience of bisexual or trans people.
Abuse is not often recognised - this is due to many experiencing
emotional sexual abuse rather then physical violence. Sexuality can
also be used as a tool of control. The perpetrator (the abusive
person) may threaten to out their partner, or deny them access to
meet other LGBT people therefore restricting the opportunity to
develop friendships or a support network.
Although the figure of 1 in 4 may seem high - it is likely that the
true figure exceeds this as most same sex survivors do not report to
agencies. Individuals fear discrimination on the basis of their
sexual orientation or gender identity.
Local support services are available should you feel that there are
abusive elements to your relationship. Services in the Cheshire area
are all-inclusive and support adults and young people experiencing
controlling and violent relationships - whether it be from your
partner, child or parent.
Local sources of support:
Cheshire East Domestic Abuse
0300 123 5101
Cheshire West Family Safety Unit
Broken Rainbow - specific LGBT domestic abuse support 0300 999 5428
Men’s Advice Line - service aimed at men experiencing domestic abuse
0808 801 0327
National Helpline 0808 2000 247
Body Positive can also offer training to groups in regards to
healthy relationships - please visit
You can support Broken Rainbow’s new
Rainbow Dot campaign by sending them a photograph with a Rainbow Dot
on your hand.
These photographs will be used on Broken Rainbow’s social media
sites, and some will also be included in a number of photographic
exhibitions that they are hoping to show across the UK.
If you are willing to show your support in this way by providing a
photograph, or would like to know more about the work they do, you
can contact them at:
or by phone to 08452 60 55 60. They will then post you a lovely
temporary rainbow dot tattoo for you to take your photograph.
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19 May 2016
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