As it is pride month I wanted to discuss domestic abuse in the LGBTQ community as most people have a limited view on this.
As for gay men, 3.2% said they suffered from partner abuse in 2018/19. Related figures from the national crime survey of England and Wales were 3.3% for bi-sexual men, 2.8% for heterosexual men, 7.6% for lesbian women, 9.1% for bisexual women and 5.6% for heterosexual women.
This clearly shows us that men and women within the LGBTQ community are more at risk of experiencing domestic abuse than someone who is heterosexual.
This is an issue as studies have also shown that domestic abuse cases are underreported in the LGBTQ community. The rates that have been reported are under-reporting within the LGBTQ population are between 60-80%. It is also men that usually don’t report domestic abuse because they fear embarrassment or shame coming forward.
Another study found 80% of transgender victims had experienced domestic abuse, and that transgender individuals are 2.2 times more likely to experience physical abuse and 2.9 times more likely to experience sexual abuse than are cisgender individuals.
The LGBTQ community have a heightened risk of serve mental health issues as they might deal with homophobia or transphobia, as well as risk of domestic abuse.
It is crucial to show our support to the LGBTQ community in every way, including men so they know that it is okay to come forward and get help when needed.
For more information go to – https://www.ncdv.org.uk/domestic-violence-against-men/