For many LGBT people, domestic abuse is rarely talked about, so it is not surprising that some LGBT people will not know where to get help for domestic abuse.
HOW TO INCREASE YOUR SAFETY AND REDUCE RISK
It is important to keep yourself (and any children you may have) as safe as possible. Making a safety plan can make you feel more secure should you have to get away from your partner in an emergency.
Below are some ideas you could think about to ensure your (and your children if any) safety if an incident occurs.
- tell someone about your situation
- arrange a safe place to stay with someone you trust
- keep a bag of items with someone you trust should you need to leave in an emergency such as I.D documents, benefits books, passport etc.
- keep a list of incidents of abuse and visit your GP or hospital for evidence should you sustain any injuries
- keep a list of useful phone numbers in your mobile phone.
DO NOT RETALIATE - IT'S NOT SAFE
Always try to avoid retaliating as it may escalate things and you might get seriously hurt. Think about how you can leave the situation when you recognise that the abuser may become violent towards you.
If you retaliate and the police are called it may be that they see you as the abuser and you could be arrested and charged, particularly if your partner has any injuries caused by your retaliation.
SUPPORT (not gender specific)
Fearless (0131 624 7266)
Fearless works with survivors of domestic abuse over 16 years old and reaches out to those people who are less inclined to access domestic abuse services. This includes people from the black and ethnic minority community, members of the LGBT community and men.
Anyone can make a referral to Fearless through the website, email or phone.
LGBT Helpline Scotland (0300 123 2523)
A national helpline providing information and emotional support to LGBT people, their families, friends and supporters. Provides support to LGBT people who have experienced domestic abuse.
Open on Tuesdays and Wednesdays (12 to 9pm)
Scottish Domestic Abuse and Forced Marriage Helpline (800 027 1234)
A national helpline providing support to anyone experiencing domestic abuse or forced marriage.
Open 24 hours a day, all year.
Rape Crisis Scotland (08088 01 03 02)
Provides crisis support for anyone in Scotland affected by sexual violence at any time in their lives.
Helpline open every day (6pm to midnight)
Galop- LGBT Domestic Abuse Helpline
0300 999 5428 or 0800 9995428
10am – 8pm Monday
10am – 5pm Tuesday
10am – 5pm Wednesday
10am – 8pm Thursday
1pm – 5pm Friday
(1pm – 5pm Tuesday is trans specific service).
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SUPPORT FOR WOMEN
Women's Aid groups provide specialist services to all women, regardless of their sexual orientation, and their children and young people. These include safe refuge accommodation, information, and support.
If you need immediate help contact your local Women's Aid, the police domestic abuse liaison officer or your local social work office.
SUPPORT FOR MEN
Abused Men in Scotland (AMIS) Helpline
A confidential national helpline for male victims of domestic abuse.
Open Monday to Friday (10am to 4pm); Tuesday and Thursday (6pm-9pm)
Men's Advice Line (0808 801 0327)
A confidential UK-wide helpline for male victims of domestic abuse.
Open Monday to Friday (10am to 1pm, 2pm to 5pm)