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National Helpline for LGBT+ Victims and Survivors of Abuse and Violence0800 999 5428

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Tanya was a lesbian in her 50’s living in London. She had recently broken up with her female partner Beth of 3 years.  

In recent months, Beth’s behaviour had become increasingly erratic. Beth had started to threaten Tanya which made Tanya increasingly frightened at home and she wanted to leave the relationship. Tanya knew that Beth had a history of violence. Tanya felt unsure about what she wanted to do next and she approached Galop for help. 

After to discussing her options with her Galop advocate, Tanya made a decision to report Beth’s abusive behaviour to the police. Galop supported Tanya to make a police report. The police then contacted Beth and assisted Tanya to retrieve her belongings from Beth’s home, which Beth had been withholding. The police also informed Beth that, if she was abusive or violent towards Tanya, she would be arrested and potentially charged.  

Galop talked Tanya through her rights. Regular telephone support gave Tanya the confidence to take action to make her own situation safer. Tanya can now live independently without Beth and look forward to a life in front of her that is free from abuse. 

Galop works in partnership with an LGBT+ counselling organisation, London Friend, and Tanya’s Galop advocate referred her to their counselling services. Tanya used these therapeutic sessions to work through the emotional impact that this abusive relationship has had on her life. Tanya was also keen to use counselling to help her work on building positive and healthy relationships going forwards.    

Names and some details have been changed to protect the anonymity of our clients

I felt so empty and sad, thank you for encouraging me.