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Who we are

The LGBT Domestic Abuse project works across Scotland to raise awareness of LGBT people's experiences of domestic abuse and improve service responses to LGBT people who experience domestic abuse and other forms of gender based violence.

The project is managed by LGBT Youth Scotland and supported by an advisory group of members from Scottish Women's Aid, the Women's Support Project, the Scottish Transgender Alliance and NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Stonewall Scotland, respectme, and LGBT Health and Wellbeing.

What we do

We believe that every lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) person experiencing domestic abuse has the right to receive a supportive service response regardless of which service provider they access.

We work to achieve this through:

  • Training

We work to increase mainstream and LGBT-specific organisations' knowledge and understanding of LGBT domestic abuse through tailored training sessions. LGBT Domestic Abuse project training focuses on the unique aspects of abuse and the barriers to support some LGBT people may face in response to their sexual orientation or gender identity. Find out more about our training.

  • Policy

We support organisations working on domestic abuse and gender based violence to review their polices to ensure that they meet their legislative requirements as well as the needs of LGBT service users and staff.  This is often undertaken as part of:

  • The LGBT Charter

The LGBT Charter is a powerful, easy to use tool to help everyone in an organisation focus on the quality of services they provide. It helps demonstrate an organisation’s commitment to LGBT people in the local area. The programme supports services to undertake training, review policies in line with legislation, and consider practices and resources. Achieving the LGBT Charter enables organisations to clearly show that they have taken steps to improve services and the workplace, and remove barriers for LGBT people. 

  • Research

The project undertakes research and consultations with service providers and LGBT people to find out the unique experiences, support needs and additional support barriers faced by LGBT people experiencing gender based violence. Find out more in our resource section.

  • Awareness

The project aims to raise awareness of domestic abuse amongst LGBT people. One of the ways that it does this is through the service user areas of the website. You can learn more about recognising LGBT domestic abuse here, or access support here.

Contact us

You can get in touch with the LGBT Domestic Abuse Scotland team via LGBT Youth Scotland on


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