This research sought to make visible the issue of domestic violence amongst LGBTIQ communities in the ACT where it may be unrecognised or hidden. Participants were asked to complete an online survey. The survey contained questions which collected both qualitative and quantitative data about respondent’s experiences; how they came to realise they or the person they were supporting was experiencing domestic and family violence; their motivation and reasoning for not seeking assistance; and for those who had sought help where they sought help, and what the experience was like. Finally respondents were asked to reflect on what could be done to better support LGBTIQ people who are experiencing domestic and family violence in the ACT. One of the barriers made clear from the experience for the respondents within this report is that the LGBTIQ community cannot see themselves reflected in the operations of a service. This lack of reflection is a contributing factor to the fact that many respondents identified that they were less likely to identify domestic and family violence in their relationships, because of a lack of understanding that what was happening to them was DFV. Understanding the needs of this vulnerable group is critical if we are to be successful in making changes that will lead to a more effective ACT service response for them.

Transforming domestic violence support in the ACT – Improving accessibility for LGBTIQ clients

Transforming domestic violence support in the ACT – Improving accessibility for LGBTIQ clients