Support for LGBT+ people affected by domestic abuse 

As a fully inclusive service, CEA provides support for survivors of domestic abuse in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community. 

We recognise that the rates of domestic abuse experienced in the LGBT+ community is similar to the rates of domestic abuse experienced by heterosexual women and the abuse is underreported, just as it is in relationships between couples of opposite genders. There are many similarities between the abuse experienced by LGBT+ people and heterosexual women/men and the impact is just as devastating. The abuse can include physical, emotional sexual and financial abuse as well as jealous and controlling behaviours. However, we recognise that there are differences between how domestic abuse is experienced by LGBT+ people. 

Domestic abuse affects people of all genders, sexual orientations, races, religions and those with disabilities. Most people know that physical violence is abusive, but domestic abuse also includes other forms of abuse. 

This can include physical, sexual and emotional abuse as well as controlling behaviour, for example: 

  • threatening to out someone 
  • isolating them from family and friends 
  • controlling how you dress, where you go and what you do, including online

So many of the messages you may see about domestic abuse focus on men being violent towards women, which means that LGBT people sometimes find it difficult to recognise that they are experiencing abuse, and therefore don’t ask for help or support. CEA is here to help. 

If you are worried that you or someone you care about is experiencing domestic abuse, please get in touch and speak to one of our Team. 

Call us on 01324 635 661, text 07748 734693, email or complete a referral online. 

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Other Sources of help:

0800 11 11

Victim Support
0845 678830

Scottish Child Law Centre
0131 667 6333

Under 21s call for free from:
Landlines 0800 328 8970
Mobiles 0300 330 1421

LGBT Youth Scotland

LGBT Domestic Abuse Scotland
LGBT Youth Scotland