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Note: The acronym LGBTIQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer+) is used as an abbreviation to encompass a range of diverse sexualities, genders, and identities.
Domestic and family violence can impact anyone no matter their gender, sexuality, culture, or age. It occurs in every community.
Lesbian, gay and bisexual people experience domestic and family violence at similar rates as the broader community. Transgender and gender diverse people experience higher rates of domestic and family violence than the broader community.
LGBTIQ+ people experience the same forms of domestic and family violence as other victim-survivors. See What is domestic and family violence page for more information.
In addition, abuse in LGBTIQ+ relationships may have some differences:
There are some common reasons LGBTIQ+ people may not report domestic and family violence or seek assistance from support services, including:
Everyone should feel safe in their relationships. You should be free from violence and all forms of abuse.
If you are concerned about violence or abuse in your relationship, there are services available to help.
If you feel unsafe, the police are there to help you. You can request to speak with a GLLO (LGBTIQ+ Liaison Officer) who provide specialist support to the LGBTIQ+ community.
If police identify that you may be experiencing domestic and family violence, they will refer you to Safer Pathway.
More information about support services can be found under 'Where can I get more information and support?' below.
Safer Pathway is a NSW Government program that supports victim-survivors of domestic and family violence across NSW.
Within Safer Pathway, relevant government and non-government agencies work together to identify people experiencing domestic and family violence, and to offer them support to improve their safety. More information about Safer Pathway here.
When a Safer Pathway support worker contacts you, you do not have to disclose or discuss your sexuality or gender identity if you do not feel comfortable. However, if you do feel comfortable to do so, it may be helpful to disclose this information so that you can be referred to the appropriate support service, for example, services that correspond with your gender identity.
Your sexuality and gender identity will always be kept confidential within Safer Pathway, and will only be discussed with other services if it is relevant to providing you with support and keeping you safe.
You can find more resources on domestic and family violence and LGBTIQ+ people from ACON.
If you do not feel comfortable reporting to police, there are other ways to get help:
If you would like to contact Safer Pathway services directly:
19 Nov 2021
We acknowledge Aboriginal people as the First Nations Peoples of NSW and pay our respects to Elders past, present, and future.
Informed by lessons of the past, Department of Communities and Justice is improving how we work with Aboriginal people and communities. We listen and learn from the knowledge, strength and resilience of Stolen Generations Survivors, Aboriginal Elders and Aboriginal communities.
You can access our apology to the Stolen Generations.