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LGBT Domestic Violence Project

Domestic abuse in LGBT community is a serious issue. About 25% of LGBT people suffer through violent or threatening relationships with partners or ex-partners which is about the same rates as domestic abuse against heterosexual women. We want to employ a worker who can support the LGBT Community.

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Registered Charity in England and Wales (1116162)

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Situation

Unlike in opposite-gendered couples, the problem of Domestic Violence (DV) is underreported. Those involved in same-gender abuse are often afraid of revealing their sexual orientation or the nature of their relationship. The abused partner often suffers different types of abuse such as emotional bullying, physical aggression, threats to harm the victim or other loved ones, social isolation and control of finances. The project hopes to tattle these issues and support this under supported group.

Solution

The support worker would raise awareness around the issues of domestic violence in the LGBT community. They would work one to one with clients providing a specialist service. The support worker would understand the barriers faced by the LGBT community and be able to work with the client to to deal with the issues surrounding DV. This may include securing their home to allow the client to stay put, providing support in court and providing emotional support.