Kiran called Galop’s National LGBT+ Domestic Abuse Helpline and said they were going through some relationship difficulties. Kiran had very complicated feelings towards their partner and took responsibility for their partner’s outbursts.
The Helpline Advisor talked through Kiran’s concerns and provided a safe, informed space for Kiran to explore the dynamics of their relationship. The Helpline Advisor also sent Kiran some information about abuse in relationships for them to read through in their own time.
Kiran contacted the helpline a few weeks later, as they had identified their partner’s behaviour as abusive. Kiran felt very low, and spoke about how frightened they were. The Helpline Advisor talked this through with Kiran, showing them that they were not alone in what they were going through. The Helpline Advisor also gave Kiran information about specialist groups in their area and forums they could access for futher support.
The next month, Kiran contacted the Helpline again. They had decided they no longer wanted to be in the relationship and needed advice on what to do next. The Helpline Advisor enabled Kiran to explore how they could leave safely and helped Kiran to make contact with appropriate legal, housing, and counselling services so that they could feel supported through the next stage of their journey.
Names and some details have been changed to protect the anonymity of our clients