White Ribbon Day - The LGBT aspect

Publish Date: 24/11/2008

Tuesday 25 of November marks White Ribbon Day - the global campaign to ensure men take more responsibility for reducing the level of violence againt women. One in four women will experience domestic violence in their lifetime, but domestic violence impacts on different people and different relationships.

Around 1 in 4 lesbians, gay men, bisexual and transgender people will experience domestic violence at some point in their lives. This statistic is very similar to that experienced by people in heterosexual relationships, yet most people think in terms of domestic violence experienced by heterosexual women. They forget that LGBT people live in the same world and experience similar domestic abuse.

The LGBT community is to a large extent in denial about the existence of domestic abuse. Many in our community don't want to challenge the belief in the "lesbian and gay utopia", recognising and giving voice to the existence of domestic violence in same sex relationships is therefore avoided.

However academic research over the last few years, particularly Stonewall's 'Prescription for Change', has consistently shown that abuse does occur and that men and women are suffering on a daily basis from their partners, ex partners or members of their families.

No one has the right to hurt or harm, and everyone gay, lesbian or otherwise, deserves the right to live their lives freely and with dignity. If you are experiencing domestic abuse, or know someone who is, help is at hand.

HELP & SUPPORT

Broken Rainbow National Helpline (for LGBT people suffering domestic abuse).Mondays and Thursdays 2- 8pm and Wednesdays 10am - 1pm call 08452 60 44 60
www.broken-rainbow.org.uk.

National Domestic Violence Helpline - 0800 2000 247
Male Advice Line - 0808 801 0327
Respect Perpetrators Phoneline - 0845 122 8609
National Centre for Domestic Violence - 08709 220704

For more information on Broken Rainbow, the helplines and the LGBT experience of domestic abuse, including real life stories click here to download the White Ribbon/LGBT domestic abuse feature from the latest edition of outnorthwest magazine.

RESOURCES

Two new leaflets have been produced for LGBT people experiencing domestic abuse. The leaflets funded by Government Office for London and written by Greater London Domestic Violence Project and Barking and Dagenham PCT are available to download from these addresses: for the women's version click here, for the male version click here, and for the housing resource click here.

Show your support and raise awareness of LGBT domestic abuse and the campaign to stop it by downloading the Broken Rainbow flyer here.