LGBTQI & Male Victims
Supporting Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex (LGBTQI) People
Thrive welcomes calls from everyone experiencing abuse.
LGBTQI people experience domestic violence regardless of age, class, disability, gender identity, caring responsibility, immigration status, race or religion. LGBTQI people can find it hard to talk about domestic violence. Acknowledging that any current or expartner or family member is an ‘abuser’ is hard, and this can be made harder by threats of ‘outing’ or because of fear of further isolation, but there are agencies and people who can help and support you.
Who is abused?
Any LGBT person can be abused regardless of gender, age, disability, nationality or background.
Domestic abuse can be physical, emotional, financial, or psychological. Sexual abuse is often a part of domestic abuse.
You are being abused if your partner/expartner/boyfriend/girlfriend/family member does any of the following:
- Constantly criticises your appearance, undermines your decisions and opinions
- Undermines and belittles your sexual orientation, or questions your identity
- Threatens to ‘out’ you to your family, friends, partners, colleagues, and neighbours
- Is jealous and possessive and continually accuses you of being unfaithful
- Controls how you express yourself as an LGBT person, or forces you to ‘act straight’
- Threatens to take custody of your children or prevent you from seeing them
Thrive welcomes call from everyone who is experiencing abuse but there are other organisations that can also help:
The LGBT Domestic Violence Charity
Stonewall campaigns for the equality of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people across Britain.
The Safter Wales Dyn project provides support to Heterosexual, Gay, Bisexual and Trans men who areexperiencing Domestic Abuse from a partner.
Thrive currently supports male victims of abuse through its Domestic Abuse Family Service.
Our domestic abuse family service offers a suite of specialist, targeted and age appropriate interventions and programmes that are family focused and offer choice for families.
The service aims to assess the family dynamic, identifying the primary perpetrators of abuse and offer a bespoke package of support to the whole family. A multi-disciplined approach is used to seek positive behaviour change in perpetrators, or those displaying unhealthy relationship behaviours, at the same time as offering support to victims and their children.
If you are a single male victim of domestic abuse we can help you find support through the following agencies:
Free and confidential support to men who are experiencing domestic abuse from a partner.
Respect is the UK membership organisation for work with Domestic Abuse perpetrators, male victims and young people.