Domestic violence in a same sex relationship impacts on a person’s wellbeing just as it does in heterosexual relationships. Although most information on DV is gender related, DV is about power and control. There does not need to be a gender difference for abuse to occur.
There are particular barriers that people in same sex relationships experience including:
- Threats to ‘out’ the abused partner – where they have not told others of their sexual orientation
- Community disbelief that DV happens in same sex relationships
- Threats of isolation within the gay and lesbian community eg preventing their partner from socialising
- Offender claims of being the victim so others don’t know which partner to believe.
For more information and supporting agencies:
Lesbian & Gay Anti-Violence Project – information and referral only – not a crisis line1800 063 060