LGBTIQ+ Domestic Violence Awareness Day
28 May is LGBTIQ+ Domestic Violence Awareness Day, a day to highlight the issue of domestic, family, and intimate partner violence and abuse within the LGBTIQ+ community.
We all have a part to play to ensure everyone is supported if they experience domestic or family violence (DFV). Unfortunately, there is significant apprehension within the LGBTIQ+ community to reach out for support or contact mainstream services, which means victims remain largely invisible with incredibly low levels of reporting.
The theme for 2021 is #SeenAndBelieved, which aims to shine a light on the prevalence of DFV in LGBTIQ+ communities and let them know there are people out there who will support them. People are also encouraged to learn more about the unique methods of power and control that may be experienced in LGBTIQ+ relationships, and how to reduce any barriers to reporting.
Help ensure there are no invisible victims in the future and that everyone, no matter what their sexuality or gender identity is, can feel #SeenAndBelieved and be given hope.