LGBT+ relationships

LGBT+ people can experience domestic abuse regardless of age, class, disability, gender identity, caring responsibility, immigration status, race or religion.

If you identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and you are experiencing domestic abuse you can contact our LGBT+ team through our helpline on 01273 622 828.

Acknowledging that any partner, ex-partner or family member is an abuser is hard. This can be made even harder by threats of 'outing' or through fear of further isolation.

Are you worried a relationship you have is abusive? Here is a short checklist of abusive behaviour:

Does your partner, former partner, or a family member:

- Call you names, humiliate and criticise or belittle you?
- Use your gender or sexuality as a basis for threats, intimidation or harm?
- Control or discourage your contact with friends, family, work, or the LGBT+ community?
- Intentionally use the wrong gender pronouns?
- Deny you access to medical treatment or hormones?
- Minimises the harm caused by their behaviour?

If you answered YES to any of these questions, you may be experiencing domestic abuse. This list is in no way comprehensive. Please visit our page Am I being abused? for a longer checklist of abusive behaviours, or call our helpline on 01273 622 828.

LGBT+ relationships

Our LGBT+ service for survivors of domestic abuse was the first in England.

LGBT+ relationships

We also provide one of the few dedicated LGBT+ refuge and housing support services, partnering with Manchester and London as part of a Government funded project. We also accept self-identifying women into our non-LGBT+ refuge.

LGBT+ relationships It is hard to put into words how much it has helped and changed my life being supported by RISE. After experiencing domestic violence and homelessness I had been left feeling hopeless and honestly believed, at 28 years old, that my life was over.
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