Many victims and survivors of Domestic & Family Violence (DFV) in LGBTQ+ relationships feel invisible, like they won’t be supported, and that no one will believe them. To ensure that every victim and survivor's voice is heard, the inaugural LGBTI Domestic Violence Awareness Day was established in Australia in 2020 to raise awareness of DFV in LGBTQ+ communities, remember the victims who have lost their lives, recognise the survivors and acknowledge the struggles of people who are in an abusive relationship.
The campaign quickly gained support both within Australia and overseas with many high-profile figures showing their support for the day including the Prime Minister of Australia, The Honourable Scott Morrison MP and Former Governor-General of Australia, The Honourable Dame Quentin Bryce AD CVO.
The LGBTQ Domestic Violence Awareness Foundation was established with the purpose of:
Helping end domestic, family and intimate partner violence and abuse (DFV) within LGBTQ communities, by increasing visibility through an annual awareness campaign.
Advocating for and supporting the empowerment of LGBTQ victims and survivors of DFV.
Collaborating with other organisations to help reduce barriers to reporting violence, accessing support services and creating safe and inclusive experiences for LGBTQ victims and survivors of DFV.
Providing targeted information and resources to support workplaces, educational institutions and the broader community observe annual LGBTQ Domestic Violence Awareness Day campaigns.
LGBTQ Domestic and Family Violence
Although data is limited, available evidence indicates that over 60 percent of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) people have experience domestic or family violence (DFV), that’s about 3 in 5 who have experienced it in a past or present relationship. The chances are that you or someone you know is, or has been, in an abusive relationship.
Despite the prevalence, LGBTQ people are less likely to find support services that meet their specific needs, are less likely to identify DFV in our relationships and less likely to report it to the police or to seek support from services.
Throughout this site we refer to LGBTQ people, standing for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer, or in other words, people of diverse genders and sexualities. We understand that this acronym will not and cannot suit everyone and every diverse identity. For information about intersex people please click here.