Skip to content
header rainbow stripe

Welcome to Galop, the LGBT+ anti-violence charity.

If you’ve experienced hate crime, sexual violence or domestic abuse, we’re here for you. We also support lesbian, gay, bi, trans and queer people who have had problems with the police or have questions about the criminal justice system.

020 7704 2040

london

London LGBT+ Advice Line

0800 999 5428

uk

National LGBT+ Domestic Abuse Helpline

mouse

Make a Referral

Survivor Story – Number Two

Survivor Story two

Transcript

I’ve always been close with my family but being out around them was like a big deal for me you know? It took me ages to build up that confidence to do it and to be my real self with them. My brother had always been there for me, always always, with so much love and support. He’d always push me to be my best and help me out. After I came out to my family, my brother turned on me. I was shocked. I just couldn’t believe someone from my own family could be like that to me, but worse it was my brother. It was like a switch just went boom and one minute he was fine with me and the next he was telling me I was disgusting, that we couldn’t be related because his family wasn’t sick… It was so bad, it just broke my heart.

Dad tried to step in, calm him down but mum didn’t want to know, said she didn’t wanna get involved. Things just got worse. He was calling me names, cussing me out, threatening me. He came in one night wasted when no one else was in and he just went for me, shouting, kicking me. I managed to get in the bathroom and locked myself in there for hours till someone came home. I was shaking, I was crying, I was a mess.

After that, I started avoiding going home, staying at friends places when I could, only going to the house like once a week. I felt so cut off, my family wasn’t safe any more. I got all these texts telling me I better not be at the house or he’d sort me out, threatening me. I couldn’t afford to move out but I couldn’t go back. I was running out of places to sofa surf, I was getting desperate now.

I found the number right when I was coming to the edge. I had nowhere else I could stay, I couldn’t get my stuff – I didn’t know what was going to happen next. Making that first call to get support was a lifesaver. I got housing support, I got a safety plan, I got someone to talk to who got me. It was like I didn’t have to start from square one, explaining every bit about me. They wanted to help me and they did, like so much. I’m not gonna say everything is perfect now, but I have someplace safe to stay, I have a therapist and I have my life. And it’s mine.

Our services:

Our hate crime casework service can give you advice, support and help if you experience homophobia, transphobia or biphobia. Click for more

Domestic abuse is any kind of threatening behaviour, violence, or abuse between people who have been intimate partners or family members. Click for more

Galop provides confidential and independent advice and support for LGBT+ people who have experienced sexual assault, abuse or violence. Click for more

Skip to toolbar