Recognise & Respond: Strengthening Advocacy for LGBT+ Survivors of Domestic Abuse

Galop is proud to host the national ‘Recognise & Respond’ conference: Strengthening Support to LGBT+ Survivors of Domestic Abuse.
The conference is taking place on the May 9th in London and comes at a time when the government has brought forward draft legislation aimed at challenging domestic abuse and addressing some of the underlying attitudes and norms that perpetuate it. In parallel, the ending violence against women and girls sector, domestic violence and abuse charities and criminal justice agencies have increasingly started to recognise some of the barriers faced by the LGBT+ communities in accessing help and support. However, many agencies still struggle to understand and meet the distinct needs of LGBT+ survivors.

The conference will provide a unique platform to discuss the barriers faced by LGBT+ survivors when accessing services, the need for inclusive policy and examine what is being done and what more can be done to support this group.

We have been delighted by the overwhelming interest on the conference, with over 90 delegates from a wide spectrum of statutory, voluntary and Criminal Justice agencies in attendance at the sold out event.
The Minister for Equalities at Government Equalities Office, Baroness Williams of Trafford stated:

“Domestic abuse is an appalling crime that shatters lives across the UK, and every victim should get the help that they need. The measures in our draft Domestic Abuse Bill and Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy Refresh will help to ensure that victims have the confidence to come forward and report their experience, safe in the knowledge that the justice system will do everything they can to protect and support them. Organisations like Galop are already doing brilliant work, and we want to make sure they have everything they need to continue that. We have given Galop £500,000 to ensure that LGBT+ victims and survivors have access to the appropriate support.”

Director of Policy, Communications and Research at Lloyds Bank Foundation, Duncan Shrubsole stated:

“At Lloyds Bank Foundation we have invested in charities tackling domestic abuse for over 30 years. Domestic abuse sadly happens in every community across our society and it is vital that specialist charities and services are available to provide the help and support needed to escape, reduce and prevent domestic abuse whatever someone’s location, ethnicity or sexuality. We are proud to support the work of Galop to raise awareness and understanding of domestic abuse within the LGBT+ community and to establish standards and cultural awareness for the services that are needed to ensure abuse within the LGBT+ is reduced and resolved more effectively. We encourage all those involved in commissioning, funding and providing services to reflect on them and consider what more they can do.”

The Chief Executive of Galop, Nik Noone stated:

“For over ten years Galop has been at the forefront of developing specialist services for LGBT+ survivors of domestic violence and abuse. It is vital that LGBT+ victims and survivors are able to access services that understand their specific needs. We are grateful for the invaluable support of funders like the Lloyds Foundation and the Home Office which has enabled us to utilise our practise based evidence to inform and educate on the needs of LGBT+ victims and survivors. Today’s conference, is a valuable opportunity to share learning and build partnerships. We are very grateful to all those who have made this possible.”

The conference is organised within the framework of Galop’s Recognise & Respond project, delivered in partnership with Stonewall housing and funded by the Home Office and the Lloyds Bank Foundation Transform Program.

Contact information:
For further information on the issues covered by this report, please contact:
 Dr Jasna Magić, Domestic Abuse Research & Policy Officer,
 Peter Kelley, Senior Service Manager,

LGBT+ domestic abuse, key facts:

 Lesbian, gay and bisexual people disclose similar or higher rates of domestic abuse to that of heterosexual
cisgender women and disclose abuse from both, intimate partners and family members.
 LGBT+ victims and survivors experience distinct tactics of abuse linked to their sexual orientation and gender
 LGBT+ victims and survivors face a number of personal and structural barriers in access to services.
 At the time they access services LGBT+ victims and survivors present with higher levels of risk and complex needs
compared to cisgender/heterosexual survivors.
 Trans victims/survivors may be denied support due to gaps in policy or they can be turned away because of their
gender history.

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