Domestic abuse in the lesbian, bisexual, gay and transgender community is as much a problem as it is in heterosexual relationships with surveys showing that about 1 in 4 LGBT people experience domestic abuse.
Whilst domestic abuse is very similar across all relationships, in some ways there are very important differences for LGBT people. One main point is the lack of support services available to LGBT victims of domestic abuse. Add to that, the services needed to support LGBT people often create problems by classing physical domestic abuse as common assault, or mistaking/not being able to identify the primary perpetrator.
This means LGBT people have added problems when trying to get help e.g.
'Outing' as a method of control - The abuser may threaten to 'out' the victim to friends, family, community, co-workers, and others as a method of control.
Confidentiality and isolation within the LGBT communities - LGBT communities are often hidden and can rely on friends and relationships within it so fear losing this if they disclose the abuse.
Homophobia and transphobia in modern society - this still exists and discourages disclosure. LGBT victims of partner violence may be concerned about giving gay and lesbian relationships a 'bad name' and may refuse to speak up about the abuse they're suffering.
Behind Closed Doors is here to support anyone in Leeds experiencing domestic abuse, irrespective of age, gender, sexuality, religion.