Recognising LGBT+ experiences of domestic abuse is the first step to creating change
The #LGBTBeyondRecognition campaign will launch on November 23rd, 2020, and run until December 11th, 2020.
The campaign will deliver four key messages to LGBT+ survivors, community, and professionals:
- Recognising LGBT+ experiences of abuse is the first step to creating change.
- Help is available.
- Whether others recognise it or not, your experience is valid.
- You have the power to help LGBT+ people in your life.
To deliver these messages, we are sharing new resources, videos, podcasts, and graphics. This content will educate on LGBT+ specific forms of abuse, challenge myths and stereotypes which minimize LGBT+ survivor experiences, and highlight specialist support available to LGBT+ survivors of domestic abuse.
By following this campaign, our hope is that people will be able to go beyond recognition to know where they can access support, how to share with their communities, and how to reduce LGBT+ barriers to inclusion.
Galop will be hosting a live 90-minute webinar on December 3rd, 2020 at 1:30 pm. Our hope for this discussion is to highlight how Covid-19 is changing the landscape of domestic abuse and how this has affected survivors from multiple communities. For further details go to the ‘Surviving Together, An Intersectional Conversation about the Impact of Covid-19 on Domestic Abuse & Honour Based Violence.’ event page.
LGBT+ experiences of domestic abuse are often rendered invisible by limited ideas of what constitutes abuse or who survivors are. If LGBT+ survivor experiences go unrecognized then that is ultimately the end of the story. This campaign will challenge the violence of invisibility felt by many LGBT+ survivors and improve recognition of their distinct experiences of abuse.
Galop’s National LGBT+ Domestic Abuse Project is a Home Office funded initiative.
‘Recognisable’ shares the story of Neo; a non-binary person who is trying to cope with changes in their relationship. Their story was created from multiple experiences of real LGBT+ survivors of domestic abuse from across the United Kingdom.