Today is International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia.

Domestic abuse in the lesbian, bisexual, gay and transgender community is a serious issue. About 25% of LGBT people suffer through violent or threatening relationships with partners or ex-partners. As in opposite-gendered couples, the problem is under-reported, and often particular difficulties are experienced by those identifying as LGBT. Those involved in same-gender abuse are often afraid of revealing their sexual orientation or the nature of their relationship and sometimes threat of “outing” may be used as a form of control.

Women’s Aid recognises the reality of domestic violence in same-sex relationships and is open to support anyone affected by domestic violence regardless of sex, gender or sexual orientation. You can get help and support by calling the 24 Hour Domestic & Sexual Violence Helpline on 0808 802 1414, emailing 24hrsupport@dvhelpling.org or texting Support to 07797805839. Or check out our Help for LGBT People page on our website: https://www.womensaidni.org/get-help/help-for-lgbt-people/