LGBT+ DV Library

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Welcome to the Online LGBT+ DV Resource Library. This collection provides direct links to resources relevant for LGBT+ people, service providers working with LGBT+ victims of domestic abuse and researchers interested in the topic. It includes UK based resources, available online and published after 2000.

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The resources are categorised according to broad topics, such as for example, ‘Community Research and Reports’, ‘Organisational Development and Service Provision’, ‘Information Sheets and Leaflets’, etc. Where relevant, we’ve also added specific keywords. All resources are listed by year of publication, with the most recent at the top.

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Community Research & Reports

2018 - Stonewall Housing: 'Beyond abuse: LGBT accommodation-based domestic abuse services - Project overview.' Keywords: LGBT, Housing, Domestic Abuse

2018 - Stonewall Housing: 'Beyond abuse: LGBT accommodation-based domestic abuse services - Brighton.' Keywords: LGBT, Housing, Domestic Abuse, Brighton & Hove

2018 - Stonewall Housing: 'Beyond abuse: LGBT accommodation-based domestic abuse services - London.' Keywords: LGBT, Housing, Domestic Abuse, London

2018 - Stonewall Housing: 'Beyond abuse: LGBT accommodation-based domestic abuse services - Manchester.' Keywords: LGBT, Housing, Domestic Abuse, Manchester

2018 – SafeLives: ‘Free to be Safe: LGBT People Experiencing Domestic Abuse.’ Keywords: LGBT, Domestic Abuse, Policy

2018 - SafeLives: SafeLives’ 2017 survey of domestic abuse practitioners in England and Wales. Keywords: Domestic Abuse, Service provision, Policy

2018 - World Habitat: ‘Left out: Why many LGBTQ+ people aren’t accessing their right to housing in the UK.’ Keywords: LGBT, housing, homelessness

2014 – Stonewall Housing: ‘ROAR, because silence is deadly: A Report on the Experiences of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans* survivors of Domestic Violence and Abuse.’ Keywords: LGBT

2014 – The Albert Kennedy Trust: LGBT Youth Homelessness.’ Keywords: LGBT, housing, homelessness

2014 – The Lesbian and Gay Foundation: ‘Community Safety: The State of the City of Manchester’s Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Communities.’ Keywords: LGB Elders, Service Provision

2012 - Guasp, A., Taylor, J.: Domestic Abuse: Stonewall Health Briefing.’ Stonewall UK. Keywords: LGB, Service Provision, Health and Wellbeing

2011 - Wood, G., et al.: Out & About: Mapping LGBT Lives in Birmingham’. LGBT Birmingham. Keywords: LGBT, Health and Wellbeing, Homophobia, Suicide, Bullying

2010 - Roch, A., et al.: ‘Out of sight, out of mind? Transgender People’s Experiences of Domestic Abuse.’ LGBT Youth Scotland, Equality Network, Scottish Transgender Alliance. Keywords: Transgender, Gender-Based Violence, Reporting

2009 - Browne, K., Lim, J.: Count Me in Too – Community Summary: Domestic Violence and Abuse and LGBT Lives.’ University of Brighton, Spectrum. Keywords: LGBT

2009 - Meads, C., et al.: ‘A systematic review of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender health in the West Midlands region of the UK compared to published UK research.’ Unit of Public Health, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University of Birmingham. Keywords: LGBT, Health and Wellbeing, Self-Harm, Substance Abuse

2009 – Stonewall UK: Recognising the impact of hate crime and domestic violence on lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) people and how this impacts on health.’ Keywords: LGBT

2008 - Stonewall Housing: ‘Housing options for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender people experiencing domestic abuse.’ Keywords: LGBT, Housing, Homelessness

2007 - Browne, K.: ‘Count me in too: Domestic Violence & Abuse: Additional Findings Report.’ University of Brighton, Spectrum. Keywords: LGBT

2006 - Keogh, P. et al.: ‘Lambeth LGBT Matters: The needs and experiences of Lesbians, Gay men, Bisexual and Trans men and women in Lambeth.’ London: Sigma Research.

2006 - Robinson, R. & Rowlands, J.: ‘The Dyn Project: Supporting Men Experiencing Domestic Abuse.’ Cardiff University, The Dyn Project. Keywords: Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Men
Alternative Link:
 ‘The Dyn Project: Supporting Men Experiencing Domestic Abuse.’

2005 - Gold, D.: Sexual exclusion issues and best practice in lesbian, gay and bisexual housing and homelessness.’ Stonewall Housing. Keywords: LGB, Housing, Homelessness

2005 - Ristock, J.: ‘Relationship Violence in Lesbian / Gay / Bisexual / Transgender / Queer [LGBTQ] Communities Moving Beyond a Gender-Based Framework.’ Violence against Women Online Resources. Keywords: LGBT

2003 - Henderson, L.: ‘Prevalence of Domestic Violence among Lesbians and Gay Men.’ Sigma Research. Keywords: Lesbian Women, Gay Men

Organisational Development and Service Provision

2018 – SafeLives: Guidance for multi-agency forums: LGBT+ people.’ Keywords: MARAC, LGBT Services, Victim Support

2015 - LGBT Domestic Abuse Project: ‘Stronger together: guidance for women’s services on the inclusion of transgender women’. LGBT Youth Scotland, Equality Network, Scottish Transgender Alliance – Keywords: Transgender Women, Good practice Guide

2015 – Magić, J.:LGB Needs Assessment: Domestic and Sexual Violence Service Provision in the London Borough of Newham.’ Broken Rainbow UK. Keywords: LGB

2015 – Parker, I.: ‘Victims of domestic abuse: struggling for support?’ Citizens Advice Bureau. Keywords: Keywords: LGBT, Service Provision

2015 – SafeLives: ‘MARAC toolkit for LGBT services.’ Keywords: MARAC, LGBT Services, Victim Support

2015 - Stonewall Housing, & Equality and Human Rights Commission. Understanding the experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender survivors of hate crimes.’

2014 – Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary: ‘Everyone’s business: Improving the police response to domestic abuse.’ Keywords: Reporting, Police, Victim Support

2014 – North Yorkshire County Council. Domestic Abuse Youth Support Services Guidelines. Keywords:  LGBT Youth, Peer Relationships, Service Provision

2014 – SafeLives: ‘Practice briefing for IDVAs: Engaging and working with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) clients.’ Keywords: LGBT, IDVA, Victim Support

2014 – SafeLives: ‘Frequently asked questions for people involved in MARAC.’ Keywords: LGBT, MARAC

2014 - Stonewall Housing: ‘Finding Safe Spaces: Understanding the experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans* rough sleepers’. Keywords: LGBT, Housing, Homelessness

2010 – NEDAP: Love Should Never be Abusive – Recognising and Responding to Domestic Abuse in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and/or Trans relationships: A Training and Awareness Raising tool.’ University of Sunderland.

2010 – Stonewall, Stonewall Housing, Albert Kennedy Trust: ‘The Housing Guide for Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual People.’ Keywords: LGB, Housing, Homelessness

Information sheets and leaflets

2020 – National LGBT+ Domestic Abuse Partnership: 'National Guidance for Friends & Family of LGBT+ Victims During Covid-19.' Keywords: LGBT

2020 – National LGBT+ Domestic Abuse Partnership:' National Guidance for Friends & Family of LGBT+ Users of Violence Abuse During Covid-19. ' Keywords: LGBT

2020 – Galop: 'Staying Safe Online When Accessing LGBT+ Domestic Abuse Support' Keywords: LGBT

2020 – Galop: 'Emergency Accommodation and Housing Support for LGBT+ Survivors of Domestic Abuse' Keywords: LGBT

2020 – Galop: ‘Domestic Violence and Abuse, and The LGBT+ Communities’ Keywords: LGBT

2020 – Galop: Barriers Faced by LGBT+ People in Accessing Non-LGBT+ Domestic Abuse Support Services Keywords: LGBT, Service Provision

2020 – Galop: ''Myths and Stereotypes About Partner Abuse Among LGBT+ People' Keywords: Lesbian Women, Gay Men, Intimate Partnership Violence

2013 – Forced Marriage Unit: ‘LGBT Forced Marriage Leaflet.’ Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Keywords: LGBT, Forced Marriage

National Datasets including L, G, B and/or T people
Peer Reviewed Articles, Evidence-Based Research and Books

2019 - Donovan, C., & Barnes, R.: ‘Re-tangling the concept of coercive control: A view from the margins and a response to Walby and Towers (2018)’, Criminology and Criminal Justice.

2019 - Roberts, N., Donovan, C. and Durey, M.: 'Agency, Resistance and the Non-'Ideal' Victim: How women deal with sexual violence', Journal of Gender Based Violence.

2019 - Taylor, N., Riggs, D.W., Donovan, C., Signal, T., and Fraser, H.: ‘People of Diverse Genders and/or Sexualities Caring For and Protecting Animal Companions in the Context of Domestic Violence. Violence Against Women. Vol. 25(9) 1096 –1115.

2018 - Riggs, D.; Fraser, H.; Taylor, N., Signal, T. Donovan, C.: "People of Diverse Genders and Sexualities and their Animal Companions: A Bi-National Study” in Special Issue of Journal of Family Issues on New Frontiers of Family: LGBTQ Family Members Pushing Back the Boundaries of Family, Guest Editors:  Tasker, F. Moller, N., Clarke, V. and Hayfield, N. Vol. 39(18) 4226 –4247.

2018 - Riggs, D.W., Taylor, N., Fraser, H., Donovan, C., & Signal, T.: 'The link between domestic violence and abuse and animal cruelty in the intimate relationship of people of diverse genders and/or sexualities: A bi-national study.' Journal of Interpersonal Violence.

2018 - Donovan, C. and Barnes, R.: ‘Domestic violence in lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or trans gender relationships’ in (Ed) Lombard, N. Gender And Violence Research Companion, Ashgate

2018 - Donovan, C. and Barnes, R.: ‘Eligibility and Ideal LGB&T Victims’ Duggan, M. (Ed) Revisiting The Ideal Victim Concept, Policy Press: Bristol.

2017 - Donovan, C.: ‘An exploration of Spare Rib’s Treatment of Violence Between Women in Same Sex Relationships.’ In Smith, A. (Ed) Re-Reading Spare Rib, Palgrave Macmillan: London

2017 – Donovan, C., Barnes, R.: ‘Domestic violence and abuse in lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender (LGB and/or T) relationships. Sexualities Online, 1–10. Keywords: Intimate Partner Violence, LGBT Victims

2017 – Donovan, C., Barnes, R.: ‘Making sense of discourses of sameness and difference in agency responses to abusive LGB and/or T partners.’ Sexualities Online, 1–18. Keywords: Intimate Partner Violence, LGBT Victims, Service Provision

2016 - Barnes, R. and Donovan, C.: ‘Developing Interventions For Abusive Partners In Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual And/Or Transgender Relationships’ (Eds) Hilder, S. and Bettinson, V. in Domestic Violence. Interdisciplinary Perspectives On Protection, Prevention And Intervention,

2016 – Formby, E., Donovan, C.: Selfies evaluation: final report. Sheffield Hallam University. Keywords: LGBT Youth, Peer Relationships, Domestic Violence, Sexual Violence

2015 – Donovan, C.: ‘Tackling inequality in the intimate sphere: Problematizing love and violence in same-sex relationships’. In: Leckey R. (ed) After Legal Equality. Abingdon: Routledge, pp. 167–183. Keywords: Intimate Partner Violence, Same-Sex Relationships

2015 – Rogers, M.: ‘Breaking down barriers: exploring the potential for social care practice with trans survivors of domestic abuse.’ University of Salford, Manchester.

2014 – Donovan, C., Hester, M.: ‘Domestic Violence and Sexuality: What’s Love Got to do with it?’ Bristol: Policy Press. Keywords: Intimate Partner Violence, LGBT Victims, Gender, Age, Help-Seeking

2014 – Donovan, C.: ‘The Ace Project: Developing an Agenda For Change in the North East and Beyond on Young LGBTQ People and Child Sexual Exploitation’. University of Sunderland.

2014 – Donovan, C. et al.: ‘The Coral Project: Exploring Abusive Behaviours in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and/or Transgender Relationships Interim Report.’ University of Sunderland and University of Leicester. Keywords: Intimate Partner Violence, LGBT Victims

2014 – Harvey, S. et al.: Barriers Faced by Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender People in Accessing Domestic Abuse, Stalking and Harassment, and Sexual Violence Services.’ NatCen Social Research. Keywords: LGBT, Sexual Violence, Stalking, Harassment

2013 – Barnes, R.: ‘I’m over it’: Women’s accounts of life after woman-to-woman partner abuse. Partner Abuse 4(3): 380–398. Keywords: Domestic Violence, Woman-to-Woman Relationships

2013 – Barnes, R.: ‘She expected her women to be pretty, subservient, dinner on the table at six: Problematising the narrative of egalitarianism in lesbian relationships through accounts of woman-to-woman partner abuse.’ In: Sanger T and Taylor Y (eds) Mapping Intimacies: Relations, Exchanges, Affects. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 130–149. Keywords: Domestic Violence, Woman-to-Woman Relationships

2012 – Head, S.: Intimate partner violence within the LGBT Community: What is the UK situation? Psychology of Sexualities Review, 3(August), 71–88.’ Keywords: Intimate Partnership Violence, LGBT

2012 – Hester, M. et al.: ‘Exploring the service and support needs of male, lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgendered and black and other minority ethnic victims of domestic and sexual violence.’ Bristol: University of Bristol. Keywords: LGBT, Domestic Violence, Sexual Violence, Help-Seeking

2012 – Lenon, S.: ‘Hidden Hegemonies of the Rainbow: The Racialised Scaffolding of Forced Marriage and Civil Partnership in the UK’. Journal of Intercultural Studies, 33(3), 275–287. Keywords: Anti-homophobia, Civil Partnership, Forced Marriage, Lesbian and Gay, Multiculturalism

2011 – Barnes, R.: ‘Suffering in a silent vacuum”: Woman-to-woman partner abuse as a challenge to the lesbian feminist vision.’ Feminism and Psychology, 21(2), 233–239. Keywords: Domestic Violence, Lesbian Feminism, Woman-to-Woman Relationships

2011 – Donovan, C., Hester, M.: ‘Exploring emotion work in domestically abusive relationships.’ In: Ristock JL (ed) Intimate Partner Violence in LGBTQ Lives. Abingdon: Routledge, pp. 55–76. Keywords: Intimate Partnership Violence, LGBT, Power, Control, Consent

2011 – Donovan, C., Hester, M.: ‘Seeking help from the enemy: Help-seeking strategies of those in same sex relationships who have experienced domestic abuse.’ Child and Family Law Quarterly 23(1): 26–40. Keywords: Domestic Abuse, Help-Seeking, Same-Sex Relationships,

2011 – Hester, M. et al.: ‘Feminist epistemology and the politics of method: surveying same sex domestic violence.’ International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 13(3), 251–263. Keywords: Domestic Violence, Lesbian, Gay Male, Feminist Epistemology

2011 – Nowinski, S.N., Bowen, E.: ‘Partner violence against heterosexual and gay men: Prevalence and correlates.’ Aggression and Violent Behavior. Keywords: Intimate Partner Violence, Male Victims, Gay Male Victims, Violence against Men, Domestic Violence

2010 – Barnes, R.:  ‘Violence and abuse in women’s same sex relationships.’ Nottinghamshire Domestic Violence Forum Seminar. University of Derby. Keywords: Domestic Violence, Woman-to-Woman Relationships

2010 - Donovan, C., Hester, M.: ‘I Hate the Word ‘Victim’”: An Exploration of Recognition of Domestic Violence in Same Sex Relationships.’ Social Policy and Society, 9(2), 279–289. Keywords: Domestic Violence, Same-Sex Relationships

2009 – Hester, M., Donovan, C.: ‘Researching domestic violence in same-sex relationships--a feminist epistemological approach to survey development.’ Journal of Lesbian Studies, 13(2), 161–73. Keywords: Domestic Violence, Lesbian, Feminist Epistemology

2009 – Meads, C. et al.:A systematic review of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender health in the West Midlands region of the UK compared to published UK research. Department of Public Health and Epidemiology West Midlands Health Technology Assessment Group. Keywords: LGBT, Health and Wellbeing, Domestic Violence

2008 – Barnes, R.: ‘I still sort of flounder in a sea of non-language’: The constraints of language and labels in women’s accounts of woman-to-woman partner abuse.’ In: Throsby K and Alexander F (eds) Gender and Interpersonal Violence: Language, Action and Representation. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 29–43. Keywords: Domestic Violence, Language, Consent, Woman-to-Woman Relationships

2008 – Donovan, C., Hester, M.: ‘Because she was my first girlfriend, I didn’t know any different’: making the case for mainstreaming same‐sex sex/relationship education.’ Sex Education, 8(3), 277–287. Keywords: Domestic Violence, LGBT Youth, Sex and Relationship Education

2008 – McCarry, M. et al.: ‘Researching Same Sex Domestic Violence: Constructing a Survey Methodology’. Sociological Research Online, 13(1). Keywords: Domestic Violence, Response Rates, Same-Sex Relationships

2006 – Donovan, C. et al.: Comparing Domestic Abuse in Same Sex and Heterosexual Relationships.’ University of Sunderland and University of Bristol. Keywords: Domestic Abuse, Same-Sex Relationships, Heterosexual Relationships

2003 – Richards, A. et al.: Violence & Abuse in Same-Sex Relationships: A review of literature. York. Keywords: Domestic Abuse, Same-Sex Relationships

Lesbian and Bisexual Women Specific Resources

2008 – Fish, J., Hunt, R.: ‘Prescription for change: Lesbian and bisexual women’s health check.’ Stonewall UK

2008 – Barking and Dagenham PCT: ‘Domestic Violence: A resource for lesbian & bisexual women.

Gay and Bisexual Male Specific Resources
Trans People Specific Resources

2018 - Stonewall & nfpSynergy: ‘Supporting trans women in domestic and sexual violence services: Interviews with professionals in the sector.’

2018 – Bachman, C., Gooch, B.: ‘LGBT in Britain: Trans Report.’ London: Stonewall UK

2017 – The LGBT Foundation: Transforming Outcomes: A review of the needs and assets of the trans community.

2016 - Riggs, D.; Fraser, H.; Taylor, N., Signal, T. Donovan, C.: ‘Domestic Violence Service Providers’ Capacity for Supporting Transgender Women: Findings from an Australian Workshop’, in British Journal of Social Work, 46(8): 2374–2392

2016 - Manchester City Council: ‘Research Study into the Trans Population of Manchester.’

2015 - Hill, A., Condon, R.: Brighton & Hove Trans Needs Assessment.’ Brighton & Hove City Council.

2015 - Rogers, M.: ‘Trans people’s experiences of domestic violence and abuse: messages for practice: briefing note.’ University of Salford, Manchester.

2015 – The LGBT Foundation: A guide for trans people who have been affected by sexual violence.’

2012 - McNeil, J., et al.: ‘Trans Mental Health Study 2012.’ Edinburgh: Scottish Transgender Alliance, Trans Resource and Empowerment Centre.

2012 – Roch, A.: ‘Second class citizens...second class women: The impact of gender inequality and commercial sexual exploitation on transsexual women. LGBT Youth Scotland.

2010 - Roch, A. et al.: ‘Out of sight, out of mind: Transgender People’s Experiences of Domestic Abuse.’ LGBT Youth Scotland

2008 - Barking and Dagenham PCT.: ‘Domestic Violence: A resource for trans people.’

2008 – Scottish Transgender Alliance.:Transgender Experiences in Scotland, Research Summary.’

LGBT+ Young People Specific Resources
Policy and Systems Advocacy

SafeLives, Spotlight #6: LGBT+ people and domestic abuse. Keywords: LGBT, domestic abuse, gender-based violence, barriers in access to services, resources for professionals

An Online Resource Library on Gender-Based Violence - Keywords: Domestic Violence, Gender-Based Violence, Sexual Harassment, Stalking, Gender Equality, LGBT+, Global

The Supernova Project - Keywords: LGBT+, Domestic Violence; Mental Health, Signposting

Bleeding Love: Domestic and Dating Violence against Lesbian, Bisexual and Transwomen – Keywords: LBT Women, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Violence

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