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Charity video addresses domestic abuse in same-sex relationships

Gemma Rose

Thu, 06 Dec 2012 17:20:58 GMT | Updated 4 years today

UK charity, Broken Rainbow has released a video to highlight the problems surrounding domestic violence in same-sex relationships.


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The video, produced by the Home Office, features a Broken Rainbow advisor talking about the key signs of domestic abuse and how the charity can help anyone who is suffering, as well challenging the public perception about what violence against women actually is.


The video, which was posted online three days ago, forms part of a campaign to highlight the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women on 25 November.


The video and the charity address very real issues. One in four LGBT people may experience domestic violence and in a survey, nearly 20% of people in same-sex relationships said they had been threatened with physical violence at some point.


We hear a lot about domestic violence in opposite-sex relationships, but the reality is that abuse is just as prevalent in lesbian relationships.


Abuse within an intimate relationship is not just a physical thing either. Forty-two per cent of those who took part in the survey said that they had been humiliated, degraded, insulted or verbally harassed by their partner. Equally as shocking, 12% had been pressured into sexual activity.


Broken Rainbow runs the only National LGBT Domestic Violence Helpline, which is 100% free and confidential, and staffed by highly trained workers and volunteers. Call 0300 999 5428, Monday and Thursday 10am-8pm, and Tuesday and Wednesday 10am-5pm.

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