Here are some resources to build your service capacity in working confidently and competently with LGBTQ+ community members.
- Say It Out Loud is a website that encourages LGBTQ+ communities to have healthy relationships, get help for unhealthy relationships and support friends experiencing abuse. Say It Out loud outlines practice considerations for service providers about supporting LGBTQ+ people experiencing violence, as well as offering excellent resources for community members. To add your service to the service directory, please submit your listing.
- Pride in Prevention: A guide to primary prevention of family violence experienced by LGBTIQ communities summarises the current available evidence on the drivers of family violence experienced by LGBTIQ communities and provides recommendations for priority interventions to address it. This project forges new ground in the primary prevention of family violence experienced by LGBTIQ communities, seeking to address critical evidence gaps, strengthen understanding of the drivers of violence, and build expertise for both LGBTQ+ organisations and family violence primary prevention organisations to effectively deliver evidence-based programs. Download the guide from Rainbow Health Victoria.
- The LGBTQ DV Awareness Foundation coordinates the annual LGBTQ Domestic Violence Awareness Day on 28 May.
- A gap has been identified in resources relating to domestic violence as experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander LGBTQ+ people. Although not LGBTQ+ specific, the Warawarni-gu Guma (Healing Together) Statement provides an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspective on domestic and family violence and outlines principles for engaging respectfully with First Nations people and communities, data sovereignty and sets out a trauma-informed pathway forward for addressing DFV in Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander communities. Read the statement on the ANROWS website.
Upcoming free webinars and trainings
Monday 6 December, 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Organiser: Rape & Domestic Violence Services Australia
Led by informed experts in collaboration with ACON, the conversation will include public/street harassment, discussion around different kinds of sexual violence experiences and how myths/stereotypes can make it difficult to talk about sexual violence and access support.
Thursday, 9 December 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Organiser: Migration Council of Australia
This live-streamed online event will include a panel discussion with Q&A and will launch a new online training module designed to increase the capacity of various community services in providing affirming, safe and inclusive support for LGBTIQ+ forcibly displaced people.
Co-designed with health and wellbeing service providers and LGBTQ community members affected by sexual assault. This training will cover a range of areas to broaden your understanding of LGBTQ+ people and communities so that you can not only be a better ally, but also more inclusive in your work, services, and programs. The first 1,000 services providers can register for the free e-modules.
Here are some excellent resources for you to share with the community.
- Say It Out Loud encourages LGBTQ+ communities to have healthy relationships, get help for unhealthy relationships and support friends experiencing abuse. There is a healthy relationship quiz, information for family, friends and community, responses to violence and a map that helps community members find LGBTQ+ friendly services closest to them.
- Information about domestic and violence specifically written for transgender and gender diverse people, including sistergirls and brotherboys, can be found on TransHub.
- You can preview, download, print or order ACON’s free LGBTQ+ resources including the Bystander Toolkit, Factsheet for Professionals, Another Closet booklet other community information resources via Say It Out Loud. (Please note that due to COVID-19 limiting office access, there may be delays sending physical resources.)
- The Safe Relationships Project through the Inner City Legal Centre provides support to LGBTQ+ people across NSW and can assist clients in accessing legal representation and to apply for Apprehended Domestic Violence Orders (ADVO) or Apprehended Personal Violence Orders (APVO) to help put an end to the violence they are experiencing.