LGBTQ+ relationships

LGBTQ+ 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 LGBTQ+ team in the below ways as well as through our helpline on 01273 622 822 or by emailing [email protected]

LGBTQ+ Domestic Abuse Helpline - Every Monday 5pm – 7pm – 01273 622822

There will now be an LGBTQ+ 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 LGBTQ+ helpline to speak to our LGBTQ+ Specialist on 01273 622 822 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.


LGBTQ+ Domestic Abuse Surgery -
Every Wednesday 1:30pm – 4:30pm at Jubilee Library (1-2-1 Room – Upper Floor)

There will also be an LGBTQ+ Domestic Abuse surgery every Wednesday from 1:30pm – 4:30pm at Jubilee Library. Come along for information, advice and support if you think you may be experiencing abuse by a partner, ex-partner or family member. There’s no need to book an appointment, just drop in. Our LGBTQ+ Specialist will be in the 1-2-1 Room on the Upper Floor. If you need help finding us, you can go to The Booklover Store in the main entrance of Jubilee Library and ask a member of staff for directions to the 1-2-1 Room.

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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 622 822.

LGBTQ+ relationships

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


LGBTQ+ 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.

LGBTQ+ 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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