2021 Awareness Day
The creation of LGBTQ Domestic Violence Awareness Day in 2020 was a historic moment. It was the first time in history that an awareness day was formed to highlight domestic, family and intimate partner violence and abuse (DFV) occurring in LGBTQ+ communities.
Held annually on May 28, LGBTQ Domestic Violence Awareness Day is the only day like it in the world.
The day aims to help end violence and abuse within LGBTQ+ communities, by increasing visibility through the annual awareness day campaign.
While the campaign started in Australia, 2021 saw the awareness day expand globally with government departments and organisations from eleven countries recognising the day including England, Wales, the USA, Canada, Ireland and the Netherlands.
The theme for the 2021 event was #SeenAndBelieved.
Workplaces, educational institutions and the community, were encouraged to start a conversation about what they can do to ensure all people, including our LGBTQ+ communities, are supported if they experience domestic or family violence. People were also encouraged to learn more about the unique methods of power and control that may be experienced in LGBTQ+ relationships and how to reduce any barriers to reporting.
With your support, and the support of our community we can ensure that there are no invisible victims in the future and that everyone, no matter what their sexuality or gender identity is, can feel #SeenAndBelieved and be given hope.