Domestic violence and abuse is not acceptable in any form and Survivors Stories DVD reinforces this message. Domestic Violence can occur regardless of ethnicity, religion, class, age, sexuality, disability of lifestyle. It can also occur in a range of relationships including heterosexual, gay, lesbian bisexual and trans relationships. We know that 89% of victims experiencing domestic abuse are women.
Survivors Stories DVD reinforces the shared experience of domestic violence for so many women and we hope that by viewing these interviews women in abusive relationships might identify with something they view or hear.
Women in Same Sex Relationships
It is a common misconception to view the violence that happens in some gay and lesbian relationships as “less serious” than the violence in straight relationships (Wise and Bowman, 1997) or feel less empathy for gay victims (Harris and Cook, 1994; Howard, 1984a, 1984b; Ford et al, 1998; Davies et al, 2001). Domestic violence and abuse does indeed exist in heterosexual, gay, lesbian, bi-sexual and Trans relationships and the violence and abuse that occurs within LGBT communities is no “less serious” than in heterosexual relationships.’
Women, facing the abuse of their female partners, bisexual women in relationships (with a male or female partner) and Trans women in abusive relationships should be offered the same support as those in heterosexual relationships, indeed the need for additional services a non-judgemental sensitive approach, and additional local support services appropriate to their specific needs, may also be required and sourced. See our links page with national LGBT resources for more help.
The Respect Phone line will specialise in providing services to male perpetrators, but will also be available for female perpetrators and those in same sex relationships.
Please also refer to Women’s Aid.
Domestic violence national numbers
Freephone 24 hour National Domestic Violence Helpline: 0808 2000 247