Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT)

Domestic abuse occurrs in LGBT relationships just as it does in heterosexual relationships.

In fact research indicates that the rate of domestic abuse in LGBT relationships is somewhere between 25% (that's 1 in 4) which is the same as for heterosexual women and 50%, which is the highest incidence reported for any adult groups affected.

It can be harder to acknowledge or admit there is domestic abuse within an LGBT relationship. As well as the abuses shown on the Adults Page, there is often more of a focus on manipulation of a victim, such as threatening to out the partner to family/friends/work, or using your sexuality against you.  For more information and support, please contact Broken Rainbow.  You may also find the following useful :

Domestic Violence : A Resource for Lesbian & Bisexual Women

Domestic Violence : A Resource for Gay & Bisexual Men

Domestic Violence : A Resource for Trans People

Survivors Handbook : Information for Lesbian & Bisexual Women

If you are living with or facing forced marriage, or honour based violence, contact Karma Nirvana.

Locally, LGBT Links Luton offers telephone advice and other general support services.

Broken Rainbow LGBT Domestic Violence Helpline

National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans* (LGBT) Domestic Violence Helpline provides confidential support to all members of the LGBT communities, their family, friends, and agencies supporting them. The helpline is run by specialist trained operators and provides a space where you can talk through what is going on, and explore your options.

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IDVA Service

Independent Domestic Violence Advisory Service for Luton providing free, independent and confidential support & advocacy for very high risk cases of domestic abuse or those where professional judgement is applied - referrals accepted from all statutory and non statutory agencies. Contact for advice or further details. Secure email address available for referrals.

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Embrace Life Luton

Free & friendly confidential advice, support and information for anyone living with or affected by HIV/AIDS. Based at 63 Inkerman Street, Luton, LU1 1JD

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Men4Men Sexual Health Outreach Project (SHOP) aims to promote health and wellbeing of adult Gay, Bi-sexual and MSM men. They provide advice, advocacy and counselling services, sexual health promotion and signposting to other services.

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