THE Queensland Government has bolstered its efforts to tackle domestic and family violence within the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer community.
The state government today launched a new campaign to raise awareness of domestic violence within the LGBTIQ community and deliver advice and information on where to go for support.
Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence Di Farmer said research showed LGBTIQ people suffered domestic violence at the same rates as heterosexuals, or perhaps even higher.
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Ms Farmer said LGBTIQ people can also experience unique forms of abuse and may be scared to seek help.
“We know that domestic and family violence doesn’t discriminate; it can happen to anyone,” she said.
“There’s never been a better time to broaden the conversation and with this campaign we take another step forward in the fight against domestic and family violence.”
The campaign meets recommendation 14 of the Not Now, Not Ever: Putting an end to domestic and family violence in Queensland report.
It will deliver information and advice on the types of abuse unique to the LGBTIQ community, and dispel some of the common misconceptions about support options.
Member for McConnel Grace Grace said the Palaszczuk Government has been working relentlessly to deliver on a wide range of Not Now, Not Ever reform initiatives.
“This latest campaign builds build on our track record of progress towards a Queensland free from domestic and family violence,” Ms Grace said.
“We know the insidious nature of domestic and family violence affects far too many LGBTIQ people.
“LGBTIQ families are not immune to the danger of domestic and family violence which is why it is so important to raise awareness of the issue and encourage victims to seek support.”
Executive Director of Queensland AIDS Council Rebecca Reynolds said awareness of intimate partner violence in LGBTIQ relationships was crucial.
“This campaign will speak to a diversity of bodies, genders and relationships to ensure that all people feel visible and feel like they can access the support that they need, at the time when they need it,” she said.
“We commend the Queensland Government’s work on this important issue and look forward to being part of the conversation and working alongside members of our communities as allies and supporters.”
For more information about the LGBTIQ campaign, click here.