February is LGBT+ History Month: a celebration of the history, achievements, and contributions of LGBT+ people in the UK.
To mark this month, we’re shining a light on organisations that provide specialist ‘by and for’ support and resources to LGBT+ people. We recognise that we can only grow and learn by listening to those with lived experience, and thank these organisations and projects for amplifying the voices of LGBTQ+ survivors.
Galop works directly with thousands of LGBT+ people who have experienced abuse and violence every year, specialising in supporting victims and survivors of domestic abuse, sexual violence, hate crime, and other forms of abuse including honour-based abuse, forced marriage, and so-called conversion therapies.
They are a service run by LGBT+ people, for LGBT+ people, and the needs of this community are at the centre of what they do.
Galop runs four national support helplines: one for LGBT+ victims and survivors of domestic abuse, one for LGBT+ people who have experienced hate crime, one for LGBT+ victims and survivors of rape and sexual abuse, and the other for victims and survivors of so-called conversion therapies and practices. They also provide advocacy support for LGBT+ victims who need longer-term support.
Read more about GALOP
The Myriad Programme
Welsh domestic abuse charity, Calan DVS developed an 8-week programme specifically for lesbian, gay, bi, trans and other gender, relationship & sexuality diverse individuals. This recovery and resilience programme was developed in partnership with LGBTQ+ survivors of domestic abuse and the University of South Wales, offering a safe space to chat, learn and support each other.
The programme explores different types of abuse in relationships, the impacts, how to recognise warning signs and how to stay safe.
We are grateful to Calan DVS and Myriad Programme Facilitator, Gwilym Roberts, for supporting us to find out more about this project and their learning from it.
Read more about the Myriad Programme
The Supernova Project is a global effort that aims to contribute to addressing abuse within LGBTQIA+ communities. Their aim is to empower queer people around the world who are experiencing domestic abuse by providing a queer friendly platform of information and support.
Read more about the Supernova Project
Visit our Service Directory and Resources sections for more links to specialist support services and resources