Domestic Abuse and LGBT+ Relationships

Domestic Abuse and LGBT+ Relationships. It is important that all survivors of domestic abuse are provided with appropriate and tailored support in order to rebuild their lives, and we recognise that LGBT+ people face additional barriers to accessing support for domestic abuse.


Understanding LGBT+ experiences of domestic abuse

There are some kinds of domestic abuse that can be based on your orientation or gender identity.

These can include:

  • Threatening to disclose your romantic or sexual orientation, gender identity, gender history, or HIV status without your consent
  • Coercive and controlling behaviour around your romantic or sexual orientation and/or gender identity
  • Pressuring you to keep your identity or relationship secret
  • Denying that LGBT+ people in intimate relationships can experience domestic abuse
  • Isolating you from family, friends, and the LGBT+ community
  • Undermining your romantic or sexual orientation and/or gender identity
  • Using your hormones or gender-affirming medication to control
  • Trying to change or supress your orientation or gender identity


Useful Resources


Specialist Support Services

– LGBT+ Domestic Abuse Helpline 0800 999 5428

– Conversion Therapy Helpline 0800 130 3335

– LGBT+ Hate Crime Helpline 020 7704 2040



  • If you are a professional working with families in Bedfordshire, you are able to access a variety of safeguarding training via the Safeguarding Bedfordshire website.


Please do not hesitate to contact if you have any queries or would like to seek advice in relation to domestic abuse support.


For further information about the local and national support available, please visit the Bedfordshire Domestic Abuse Partnership website.


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