Joint Statement about LGBT+ Domestic Violence and Abuse During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Call It Out is proud to be a signatory of this joint statement on the current needs of LGBT+ victim/survivors. The new resources created through this consortium will support domestic abuse professionals, as well as, families, friends, and community members who are witnessing abuse and want to help
Over the last month professionals and activists, agencies, policymakers, and government have faced an extraordinary set of circumstances in light of the COVOID-19 pandemic, including in relation to domestic violence and abuse. While work has been going on behind the scenes to ensure the delivery of services, the public face of much of the response has focused on reaching out to victims and survivors who find themselves isolated with an abusive partner to try and make sure that they know that help and support are available. Alongside this, there has been an increased emphasis on ensuring family, friends, and neighbours also know how to recognise the signs of domestic violence and abuse and what they can do to help.
As a network of agencies and practitioners, researchers and activists, working on LGBT+ domestic abuse, we recognise this work is vital, and we will continue to work with our statutory and third sector partners to ensure that victims and survivors are supported.
We would like to support all those working on the response to domestic violence and abuse to continue to recognise the experiences of LGBT+ survivors. Research tells us that LGBT+ survivors can face a range of barriers to identifying their experiences, particul