Domestic Violence is not something that just affects straight relationships. Abuse and violence occurs in same sex relationships as well.

Domestic violence is more than just physical assualt. It includes threats, verbal intimidation, damage to your property and controlling behaviour. If you are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender and are subject to violence in your relationship or at home, help is available. There are gay friendly and gay and lesbian counsellors you can speak with and other services where you can get support and information.

In the UK, Broken Rainbow is a non-profit service providing support to LGBT people experiencing domestic abuse. In Australia, police have been trained to be supportive in situations involving gay and lesbian couples. In the United States there is a national hotline you can call for help and in New Zealand, Outline offers free telephone counselling and information. In Canada there are many local organisations that can help you.

Take a look at our page on Domestic Violence in gay relationships for more information about what you can do. You are not alone and help is available.