How does domestic and family violence manifest in the LGBTI community
This video explains some of the unique and specific ways domestic and family violence may impact members of LGBTI communities. It is part of a collection of videos created to support workplace responses to domestic and family violence.
How does domestic and family violence manifest in the LGBT I community?
[Jackson Fairchild: Director of Practice and Learning, No to Violence]
Domestic and family violence impacts on people of all genders and all sexuality and relationships. While it’s incredibly important to acknowledge that overwhelmingly, the victims of domestic and family violence are women, we know that these issues also exist in the LGBTI Community as well.
It’s very important that members of this community are also offered the same level of support both as victim and survivors and perpetrators of violence, to be able to get the specialist support they need. It’s important that members of the LGBTIQ community, where possible, receive specialist support from members of their own community, to be able to heal and transform through that difficult part of their lives. When that isn’t possible, it’s important that when they access a domestic and family violence service that they feel safe to do so, and that their sexuality and gender is respected.
Within the LGBTIQ community it’s important to note that there can be different behaviours and tactics that are used by perpetrators that are unique to the vulnerabilities experience by those communities. It can be very common for perpetrators to use the threat of outing someone about their sexuality, gender or HIV status as a way of controlling or influencing that person’s behaviour. Shame is an important weapon in this particular dialogue, and it’s important that we identify and are open to listening to those phenomena in order to be able to provide appropriate support and to challenge those behaviours if we see someone using them within their relationship.
Domestic and family violence can affect different groups and communities in different ways. These resources provide more information on how to provide appropriate support.