WCHM received an ACT Women’s Grant to undertake research into gaps in service provision for LGBTIQ people experiencing domestic violence in the ACT. While LGBTIQ people experience high rates of interpersonal violence, anecdotal reports suggest that domestic violence services are not always set up in ways that best support their needs. This project brought together ACT domestic violence service providers, organisations that work with same-sex attracted, intersex, trans, and gender diverse people, individuals from those communities who have experienced domestic violence, and other stakeholders, with the aim of improving the accessibility of domestic violence services for LGBTIQ people.
The research began with a survey on LGBTIQ people’s experiences accessing help and support for domestic violence, which was supplemented by interviews with community members and domestic violence service providers. The results of this research have been published in the report Transforming domestic violence support in the ACT: Improving accessibility for LGBTIQ clients.