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LGBTQIA+ Domestic Violence Awareness Day

TheySkin was created to support and lift up the LGBTQIA+ community. We aim to make a safe space in the skincare industry for the LGBTQIA+ community, a place where they feel seen. We want to create a space that doesn’t follow societal standards of beauty, where traditional binaries don’t dictate who can and can’t use our products. 


We work hard to ally ourselves with the incredible LGBTQIA+ community, and a vital part of our allyship is highlighting issues of importance in the LGBTQIA+ community. So, today we are shining a light on May 28th – LGBTQIA+ Domestic Violence Awareness Day.


This is one of the most important days for the LGBTQIA+ community – it’s a day to highlight the issue of domestic, family, and intimate partner violence and abuse of people in the community. LGBTQIA+ Domestic Violence Awareness Day aims to ensure survivors of domestic violence are #SeenAndBelieved. 


Why Is Awareness Around Domestic Violence So Important For The LGBTQIA+ Community?

Well, for starters, according toSay It Out Loud, research suggests that LGBTQIA+ people experience sexual, family and/or intimate partner violence at the same or highter rates than women in the wider population. The problem is, there has been very limited research into domestic violence experienced by LGBTQIA+ people. 


Additionally, the LGBTQIA+ community are significantly less likely to reach out for support or contact mainstream services, which means victims remain largely invisible with incredibly low levels of reporting.


So, LGBTQIA+ Domestic Violence Awareness day aims to highlight domestic violence in the community so that people feel protected, educated, and empowered. This day is vital in helping to create a safe place for LGBTQIA+ people. 


What Constitutes Domestic Violence?

Domestic violence includes any type of abuse behaviour used to gain or maintain control over a partner, ex-partner, family member (including chosen family), carer, or member of the same household. 


Abusive relationships are based on power imbalances. In the LGBTQIA+ community, these are often deeply entrenched in views about gender, sexuality, masculinity, power, and relationships. Domestic violence can include:


  • Physical or sexual violence
  • Emotional or psychological violence
  • Financial control
  • Threatening or coercive behaviour
  • Homophobic, biphobic, and transophic attitudes against partners or family members

What’s important to note here is that none of these behaviours are normal or acceptable. No form of abuse should ever be excused or ignored.


How To Help Someone Who Is Dealing With Domestic Violence

People who are experiencing domestic violence often feel isolated, like there is no one they can turn to. It’s important to really listen to anyone who comes to you with fears they are experiencing domestic violence. You should respond with empathy, validation, and support – it’s important to make sure they feel #SeenAndBelieved.Say It Out Loud give some examples of what this can look like:

Empathy:

  • "that sounds really..."
  • "I can hear that ..."

Validation:

  • "It's really brave of you to share what’s been happening for you..."
  • "You are doing a lot to keep yourself and your kids safe..."

Support:

  • "What do you do to keep safe?"
  • "What support do you need to feel safer?"
  • "How do you feel about calling the police?"

Resources for LGBTQIA+ People Dealing with Domestic Violence

Whether you or someone you know is dealing with domestic violence, it can be difficult to know who to turn to or where to get help. We’ve listed a few resources you can turn to for support if you or someone you know needs it.

  • Qlife: for LGBTIQA+ peer support, information and referral 3pm – midnight 1800 184 527
  • 1800 Respect 24/7 National Sexual Assault, Domestic Family Violence Counselling Service 1800737732
  • Ask 1800Respect for a referral to your local Family and Domestic Violence services or click here https://www.1800respect.org.au/services
  • For help creating a safety plan: https://www.1800respect.org.au/help-and-support/safety-planning
  • Lifeline: 24/7 131 114

For more information concerning domestic violence in the LGBTQIA+ community