SAYiT has been funded to run a project which aims to improve access to domestic abuse services for LGBT+ people (Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Trans and other minority sexuality and/or genders) across South Yorkshire (Sheffield, Rotherham, Barnsley and Doncaster).
Domestic abuse is defined as “Any incident of threatening behaviour, violence or abuse (psychological, physical, sexual, financial or emotional) between adults who are or have been intimate partners or family members, regardless of gender or sexuality.” Currently LGBT+ victims and survivors are not accessing services at the same rates as others in the population.
The project will undertake consultation work with local LGBT+ people / community groups to understand what specific barriers exist for LGBT+ people experiencing domestic abuse that result in them not accessing support services. This consultation will especially seek to engage LGBT+ minority voices who may be affected by a multiple disadvantage (e.g. people who are younger or older, BAMER (Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic and/or Refugee), carers, disabled, different faith groups etc.)
These personal stories, combined with findings from academic research, will guide what work needs to take place. Some examples of work which may be undertaken through this project are:
- Training packages for professionals working in domestic abuse and other relevant agencies - An awareness campaign run with / for LGBT+ people to improve identification of domestic abuse in - LGBT+ relationships
- The development of a Kite mark which will be awarded to services, letting LGBT+ people know that a service is an LGBT+ inclusive space.
If you have had some experience of domestic abuse, and are LGBT+, 16+, and within South Yorkshire we would be very keen to hear from you – your experience is vital helping us understand what gaps and barriers exist in accessing services. We are also looking for people who might want to join a project Advisory Group to help shape the project.
For further information or to get involved, please contact us.
Contact name: Domestic Abuse Development Worker Elly
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone number: 0114 241 2728
Across South Yorkshire, Scotia Works, Leadmill Road, S1 4SE
Published: 09 August 2019