Domestic abuse can happen in any relationship regardless of someone’s sexual orientation or their gender identity.
You might have been subjected to:
- Threats to “out” your sexuality or gender identity to family, friends or work colleagues
- Undermining your sexual orientation or gender identity
- Limiting or controlling your access to LGBTQ+ spaces, resources and communities
- The abuser claiming you will not be believed because you are LGBTQ+
Trans people may be subjected to:
- Having medication or treatment that is needed to express your identity withheld
- Deliberately using your dead name
- Ridiculing body parts
- Assaulting medically altered body parts
- Internalised transphobia
Victims who are LGBTQ+ can find it harder to access support services. This can be for several reasons. We want to reassure you that we believe you and can provide a safe and supportive environment for you to discuss the issues you are facing in confidence and without your sexual orientation or gender identity being shared.
We can provide practical support to keep you safe as well as emotional support and counselling. We also work with Derbyshire LGBTQ+ and can help you rebuild links with the local LGBTQ+ community if you are feeling isolated.