Domestic abuse organisation in Falkirk receives award for their approach to LGBT inclusion

Photograph from left to right [Louise Day, Chair of CEA); Chris Murphy, Executive Director, CEA; Pat Reid, Lord Provost for Falkirk]

This week ‘Committed to Ending Abuse’ (CEA), formally known as Falkirk Women’s Aid, received an LGBT Charter Mark Award from LGBT Youth Scotland. Earlier this year CEA changed their name to become gender neutral and more inclusive for everyone, including men.

They have a history of delivering LGBT inclusive work and have been awarded a Silver LGBT Charter, recognising their progress in developing inclusive polices and practice.

"They have embedded an equalities approach into much of their practice and 85% of their staff were trained in LGBT inclusion."

This was celebrated on the 30th of November with the Lord Provost (Pat Reid) and the Chair of CEA (Louise Day), who commended the organisation for their work in this area. Representatives from Pink Saltire, the LGBT Development Group in Falkirk and Abused Men in Scotland were also present.

Cara Spence, Senior Programmes & Influencing Manager said:

“I’m delighted to present CEA with their Silver LGBT Charter Award. As one of just a few domestic abuse organisations in Scotland that specifically provide services for gay, bisexual and transgender men they are a fairly unique. They have embedded an equalities approach into much of their practice and 85% of their staff were trained in LGBT inclusion. It was particularly powerful to hear from LGBT service users who had accessed their service.”

Chris Murphy, Executive Director said:

“We are delighted that we have achieved this award as it is a recognition of the importance that we place on supporting everyone in our community who experiences domestic abuse in a way that responds to their needs and breaks down the barriers that people have told us they face . We welcome the support we have received from LGBT Youth Scotland and look forward to working with them and people who use our services to achieve our gold charter mark.”

A former LGBT service user thanked CEA for their support:

“Thank you for helping me find and accept myself.”

The award is made by LGBT Youth Scotland as part of its LGBT Charter of Rights scheme. The scheme provides information and resources to organisations to improve LGBT inclusion and support.

For more information on services for LGBT people experiencing domestic abuse in Scotland go to: www.fearless.scot