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Abuse in LGBTIQ relationships

Domestic and family violence can occur in all sorts of relationships. However, LGBTIQ people may have unique experiences of domestic and family violence, such as:

  • The use of ‘outing’ as a means of asserting power and control if the abused partner is not ‘out’ to their friends, family or colleagues.
  • The association of experiences of violence with sexuality or gender identity rather than the relationship.  People may see abuse as a result of their sexuality or gender identity.
  • The relatively small size of LGBTIQ communities, especially in smaller cities and rural areas, can make it difficult for the abused partner to seek help. They may feel embarrassed about the abuse, or their partner may have tried to turn others in the community against them.
  • An abusive partner may isolate the other from support options including contact with their community, attending venues or events or preventing them from seeing friends or family.
  • Services may not be aware of the needs of, or be prepared for working with, LGBTIQ people.
  • The lack of understanding and research about domestic and family violence and the experience of LGBTIQ people can further isolate people from support.

For more information about domestic and family violence see What is domestic and family violence?

Another Closet: Domestic and family violence in LGBTIQ relationships

Another Closet provides information, tips, personal stories and training notes about domestic and family violence in LGBTIQ relationships.

The Safe Relationships Project at the Inner City Legal Centre

The Safe Relationships Project offers domestic violence court assistance and support for people who are in same-sex relationships, transgender, transsexual or intersex. They offer help with applying for Apprehended Violence Orders, referrals for counselling and housing, and advice on family law and compensation for victims.

Call them on (02) 9332 1966 or visit the Safe Relationships Project website.

The Gender Centre Inc.

The Gender Centre offers a range of services for transgender and gender diverse people, their partners, families and friends in NSW.  These supports include counselling, case management, accommodation, resources, training and workshops.

The Gender Centre is located in Annandale, NSW.

Call (02) 9569 2366 or free call 1800 069 115 during business hours or visit the Gender Centre website.

Organisation Intersex International Australia (OII)

Organisation Intersex International Australia offers support and information for people who are intersex in Australia.


Gay and Lesbian Liaison Officers (GLLOs) are specially trained to address LGBTIQ issues. For more information on GLLOs, visit the Police website.

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