LGBT+ People’s Experiences of Domestic Abuse

Galop is proud to launch a new report – LGBT+ people’s experiences of domestic abuse. The report provides analysis of 626 cases reported to Galop between January 2013 and August 2017 that were domestic abuse related.

Read the Report here

Key findings highlight:

  • LGBT+ victims/survivors share similar types of domestic abuse as their heterosexual/
  • cisgender peers, but their experiences often differ because their sexuality and gender identity.
  • LGBT+ victims/survivors disclosing domestic abuse often report multiple vulnerabilities as a result of their sexual orientation, gender identity, physical/mental ill health or substance abuse.
  • The majority of LGBT+ victims/survivors disclosed domestic abuse from intimate ‘same-sex’ partners, though a significant proportion reported abuse from family members, particularly younger victims/survivors, those from black and minority ethnic communities and trans men.
  • Nearly two-thirds of victims/survivors identified as a gay, bisexual and/or trnagender male and the majority were abused by a male perpetrator.
  • Over four-fifths of lesbian women disclosed abuse from a female perpetrator.

The report also outlines a set of recommendations which call for the continued need for specialist LGBT+ services and for services to acknowledge and recognise unique experiences of LGBT+ victims/survivors of domestic abuse.

The Chief Executive of Galop, Nik Noone stated: “I am delighted that through the support of the Lloyds Foundation Galop is able to publish this landmark report. The key findings provide a unique insight into the nature of abuse as experienced by LGBT+ survivors accessing Galop’s domestic abuse advocacy service. Our ambition is that this report informs, raises awareness, and provides a deeper understanding of the experiences of LGBT+ victims and survivors of domestic violence.”

The Chief Executive of Stonewall Housing, Bob Green stated: “Stonewall Housing is proud to support this ground-breaking report by Galop. It is essential reading because it highlights the different experiences of domestic abuse within the LGBT+ communities. Presenting the experiences of people supported by one LGBT+ charity dramatically shows the need for more specialist services that can respond to the needs of all of our communities.”

The report was produced within the framework of Galop’s Recognise & Respond project, funded under the Lloyds Bank Foundation Transform Program and delivered in partnership with Stonewall Housing.

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