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Domestic Violence

What is domestic abuse?

The Home Office define domestic violence and abuse as:

'any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are, or have been, intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality.'

The abuse can encompass, but is not limited to:

  • Psychological
  • Physical
  • Sexual
  • Financial
  • Emotional

Controlling behaviour

A range of acts designed to make a person subordinate and/or dependent by isolating them from sources of support, exploiting their resources and capacities for personal gain, depriving them of the means needed for independence, resistance and escape and regulating their everyday behaviour.

Coercive behaviour

An act or a pattern of acts of assault, threats, humiliation and intimidation or other abuse that is used to harm, punish, or frighten their victim.

Reporting domestic violence

Domestic abuse can happen to anyone; whether their straight, lesbian, gay, bisexual or trans. We also know that some LGBT people fear reporting the incidences to the police.

Stonewall's research shows that:

  • One in four lesbians and bisexual women have experienced domestic abuse in a relationship
  • 40 per cent of gay and bisexual men have experienced domestic abuse from a partner.
  • 80 per cent of lesbians and bisexual women who have experienced domestic abuse have never reported incidents to the police, and of those that did report, only half were happy with how the police had dealt with the situation.

Research also shows that 78 per cent of gay and bisexual men who have experienced domestic abuse have never reported incidents to the police. Of those who did report, more than half were not happy with how the police dealt with the situation

Research conducted by the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs shows that trans survivors of domestic abuse are two times as likely to face threats and/ or intimidation within violent relationships, and nearly two (1.8) times more likely to experience harassment within violent relationships.

Get support

Broken Rainbow - A National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans (LGBT) Domestic Violence Helpline 0800 999 5428

Live Fear Free Helpline - The Live Fear Free Helpline is the national free support and information service for women, children and men in Wales who are experiencing or who have experienced abuse and / or violence at the hands of someone close to them. 0808 80 10 800

LGBT Cymru Helpline -Provides general counselling and support 0800 840 2069

For further information please contact Stonewall Cymru's Information Service on 08000 502020 or email