Domestic violence and abuse
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender and domestic violence
If you are in immediate danger call 999 now. If you would like to talk to someone, call the Devon domestic violence helpline on 0345 155 1074
Domestic abuse affects 1 in 4 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.
Signs of domestic abuse
Ask yourself some of the following questions. You may experience one or all of them and even if you feel you only experience one on a regular basis this can still be domestic abuse and you can get help.
Are you ever afraid of your partner?
Do you feel like you’re walking on egg shells around your partner?
Does your partner ever threaten to ‘out’ you to your friends, family or colleagues?
Do they act in a negative way about your sexual orientation or gender identity?
Do they ever tell you you’re not a real lesbian, gay or bisexual person?
Do they ever tell you you’re not a real man or woman?
Do they ever hit you or threaten to hit you?
Do they ridicule you and/or make comments about your body?
Are you ever forced to have sex or engage in sexual acts that you don’t want to do?
Do they ever prevent you from engaging with the LGBT ‘scene’?
Do they control your finances or check up on what you spend your money on?
Getting help and support
If you are frightened or worried about the way your partner or ex-partner is treating you, you do not have to put up with it.
No one deserves to be abused and there is support for anyone who needs help.
SPLITZ Support Service – Domestic Violence support across Devon including Outreach, accommodation support and perpetrator work. Referrals can be made on 0345 155 1074 or by using their referral form.
Broken Rainbow is a UK-wide service offering support to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender victims and survivors of domestic violence and abuse. Mondays and Thursdays 2pm–8pm, Wednesdays 10am–1pm. Staffed by LGBT people.
Tel: 0300 999 5428
Support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people and communities in the south west
Tel: 0845 60 20 818