As in any other relationship, most LGBTIQ relationships are built on love and respect but some, sadly, are built on abuse and control.
Abuse of power and control in any relationship is Family or Domestic Violence and it is a crime.
People who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex or queer (LGBTIQ) experience intimate partner violence at similar rates as those who identify as heterosexual.
There has been an invisibility of LGBTIQ relationships in policy and practice responses and a lack of acknowledgement that intimate partner violence exists in these communities.
Beliefs that privilege heterosexual relationships affect victims' experiences as well as policy and practice responses.
Homophobia, transphobia and heterosexism affect the experience of, and responses to, intimate partner violence in LGBTIQ populations.
Service providers lack awareness and understanding of the LGBTIQ population and their experience of intimate partner violence.
Violence against LGBTIQ community members, as with violence against women and children, is completely unacceptable and never OK.
Monica Campo and Sarah Tayton, under the auspices of The Australian Institute of Family Studies, published an interesting paper entitled Intimate partner violence in lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex and queer communities in 2015. It can be downloaded here.
Visit Another Closet, a website targeting domestic violence in the LGBIQ community, may be visited from here.
A helpful resource for the LGBTIQ community experiencing violence in their relationship can be downloaded from here.
Resources and Services which may be of assistance can be found here.