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 and/or transgender, and you are experiencing domestic abuse (this can be by a partner, ex-partner or family member) you can contact our LGBT+ team in the below ways as well as through our helpline on 01273 622 828 or by emailing [email protected].

LGBT + Domestic Abuse Helpline - Every Monday 5pm – 7pm – 01273 622 828

There will now be an LGBT+ Domestic Abuse helpline every Monday from 5pm – 7pm. If you think you may be experiencing abuse by a partner/ex-partner or family member and you would like some advice, information and support, you can call our LGBT+ helpline to speak to our LGBT+ Specialist on 01273 622 828 on Mondays 5pm – 7pm. Please leave us a message if we are not able to answer your call. Alternatively, you can email us at [email protected] letting us know a good time and safe number on which to call.

LGBT+ Domestic Abuse Surgery

The LGBT+ Surgery is currently on hold.

LGBT+ Survivor Recovery Group

We are happy to announce that we will be running an 8 week group for LGBT+ people who have experienced domestic abuse (by a partner, ex-partner or family member).

The group will focus on understanding and recovering from unhealthy relationships and abuse, developing strategies for coping with the effects of trauma, building empowerment and self-confidence and learning how to set healthy boundaries in your relationships.

The group will begin in February 2022 (more details to follow).

LGBT+ people of all gender identities and sexual orientations welcome.

Open to Brighton & Hove residents only.

Please register your interest by emailing us at [email protected].

Resources from Galop:

This guidance is also useful for professionals and helpline operators who are receiving calls from friends/family who are LGBTQ+ either because they are being victimised by, or using violent/abusive behaviour towards their partner.

Acknowledging that any partner, ex-partner or family member is being abusive 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 LGBTQ+ community?
- Intentionally use the wrong pronouns?
- Deny you access to medical treatment or hormones?
- Minimise 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 LGBTQ+ refuge and housing support services.

For further support, you can also seek these organisations below:

- Allsorts: : Young People’s service. They do drop-in’s, counselling and education on LGBTQI+ issues in school.
- MindOut:: They offer a low cost counselling service, have an advocacy service and do several support groups including a peer support group, specific Trans support groups, and a group for those experiencing suicidal thoughts. They also have a peer to peer mentoring service.
- LGBT+Switchboard:: They have support groups for older people, specific Trans and non-binary support and social groups and a helpline for support and information.
- Navigate: A peer support group for Transgender, Non-binary and Intersex people on the Trans-masculine spectrum.
-The Clare Project:: A self-supporting transgender support and social group based in Brighton and Hove open to anyone wishing to explore issues around gender identity.
-Terrance Higgins Trust:: They support people with a diagnosis of HIV. They can offer counselling, support groups, mentoring, have a back to work programme, and financial advocates.
- Lunch Positive: They run a free lunch club social every Friday for anyone living with HIV.

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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