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28 May 2022

LGBTQ Domestic Violence Awareness Day

The LGBTQ Domestic Violence Awareness Day is a day to start conversations, spread the word and stand together to support victims and survivors of domestic and family violence.

You can play a simple but significant part in helping to raise awareness and bring about positive change in the lives of victims and survivors of domestic and family violence in LGBTQ communities. 

#SeenAndBelieved
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Get Involved

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At Work and in the Community

Take the Workplace Pledge to show your support for LGBTQ victims and survivors, and play your part to help end domestic and family violence.

Learn what you can do to support LGBTQ people if they experience domestic or family violence.

Spread the word on social media. On 28 May, post using one of these social media images and the hashtag #SeenAndBelieved.

Light up your building in rainbow colours on the night of 28 May in support of the millions of LGBTQ victims of domestic violence and abuse. Make sure you let us know that you’re lighting up your building or monument, or structure.

Donate to help us make a greater impact in the lives of domestic violence victims and survivors.

Attend the Light Up The Night Gala Ball on 27 May 2022 in Brisbane. Buy tickets

At Home

Take the Individual Pledge to show your support for LGBTQ victims and survivors, and play your part to help end domestic and family violence.

Learn what you can do to support LGBTQ people if they experience domestic or family violence.

Spread the word on social media. On 28 May, post using one of these social media images and the hashtag #SeenAndBelieved.

Donate to help us make a greater impact in the lives of domestic violence victims and survivors.

Attend the Light Up The Night Gala Ball on 27 May 2022 in Brisbane. Buy tickets

lgbtq domestic violence awareness day

“I hope you realise just how massive the shift in conversation has been because of your work, words and strength. As a person who experienced intimate partner violence in an LGBTIQ+ relationship when I was 19…. Well, let’s just say I wish some of this was around then so I could have known sooner that something was very wrong.

You are saving lives.”

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About the Day

The creation of the LGBTQ Domestic Violence Awareness Day in 2020 was the first time in history that an awareness day was formed to highlight domestic, family and intimate partner violence and abuse occurring in LGBTQ+ communities.

Held annually on May 28, LGBTQ Domestic Violence Awareness Day is the only day like it in the world.

What started in Australia, is now a global event with 310 government departments and organisations from 12 countries recognising the day, including England, France, Wales, the USA, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand and the Netherlands.

The right to live a life free from violence and abuse is a person’s most basic human right, but for many LGBTQ people, this is not a reality.  1 in 2 LGBTQ people will experience domestic, family and intimate partner violence and abuse (DV) in their lifetime, yet victims remain largely invisible with incredibly low levels of reporting.

With your support, we can ensure that there are no invisible victims in the future and that everyone, no matter what their sexuality or gender identity, can feel #SeenAndBelieved and gain hope and courage.

“As an abuse survivor of nearly 6 years now, it (the LGBTQ DV Awareness Day) was a transformative day for myself. I carried shame for so long – now I no longer do. Thank you.”

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