Domestic and family violence occurs at similar rates in the LGBTI community as it does in the broader community, but is hidden. Many people do not access support services through fear of the lack of knowledge by services or discrimination based on their sexuality or gender identity.
Need help? Make the call
Living with an abusive or violent partner is frightening and stressful, particularly if you identify as a lesbian, a gay man, trans, bisexual or intersex. You may be hopeful that their behaviour will change—or you may be afraid of what your partner will do to you or your children if you try to leave. You may be confused, hesitant and frightened—sometimes, you may desperately want to get away, and other times, you may want to hang on to the relationship.
It is important to seek professional advice if you are currently experiencing domestic and family violence in your relationship, or if you have recently separated from a partner and you are concerned for your safety and the safety of your children.
If you, or someone you care about is experiencing domestic or family violence, make the call.
- DVConnect Womensline – 1800 811 811
(Queensland) 24 hours, 7 days a week
- DVConnect Mensline – 1800 600 636
(Queensland) 9am–12 midnight, 7 days a week
- Elder Abuse Helpline -1300 651 192
(Queensland) 9am–5pm, Monday to Friday