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Violence against women and their children affects everybody. It impacts on the health, wellbeing and safety of a significant proportion of Australians throughout all states and territories and places an enormous burden on the nation’s economy across family and community services, health and hospitals, income-support and criminal justice systems.

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Developing LGBTQ programs for perpetrators and victims/survivors of domestic and family violence

This research explores how we might begin to improve the recognition and understanding of LGBTQ intimate partner violence among both mainstream and domestic and family violence service providers, and within LGBTQ communities.

This collaborative research project between Relationships Australia New South Wales (RANSW) and ACON (formerly the AIDS Council of NSW) was designed as a pilot study to tailor and deliver existing perpetrator and victim/survivor group programs to LGBTQ people who use, or are affected by the use of violence within their intimate relationships.

The study found that domestic and family violence and intimate partner violence (DFV/IPV) was perceived by community members and professional stakeholders to be a heterosexual issue that did not easily apply to LGBTQ relationships. In particular, many community members held the view that relationships between LGBTQ people could avoid the inherent sexism and patriarchal values of heterosexual, cisgender relationships, and, by implication, avoid DFV/IPV. Participants also reported that the term “domestic violence” almost exclusively evoked physical harm, as opposed to non-physical forms of violence such as identity-based abuse, and this further distanced the concept from LGBTQ experience.

The report includes recommendations for policy and practice.

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This work is part of the ANROWS Research reports series. ANROWS Research reports (Horizons) are in-depth reports on empirical research produced under ANROWS’s research program.


Authors

DR REBECCA GRAY
Research Consultant, ACON and Relationships Australia NSW

TOMMY WALKER
Research Officer, ACON

DR JEN HAMER
General Manager, Quality, Outcomes and Research, Relationships Australia NSW

DR TIMOTHY BROADY
former Senior Research Officer, Relationships Australia NSW

DR JESSICA KEAN
former Research Officer, Relationships Australia NSW

DR JOYCELYN LING
former Senior Research Officer, Relationships Australia NSW

BRANDON BEAR
Manager of Policy, Strategy and Research, ACON


ISBN: 978-1-925925-31-9 (print) | 978-1-925925-32-6 (online)

111 pp.

 

Suggested citation

Gray, R., Walker, T., Hamer, J., Broady, T., Kean, J., & Ling, J.  Bear, B. (2020). Developing LGBTQ programs for perpetrators and victims/survivors of domestic and family violence (Research report, 10/2020). Sydney, NSW: ANROWS.

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