LGBT Domestic Abuse Partnership
London Friend is a member of the London LGBT Domestic Abuse Partnership (DAP). The DAP is a way for LGBT people who have experienced domestic abuse to get the maximum amount of help with a minimum amount of hassle. The DAP is open to any LGBT person experiencing domestic violence who is living or working in London.
About Domestic Abuse
Domestic abuse is any kind of threatening behaviour, violence, or abuse between people who have been intimate partners or family members. This includes forced marriage, abuse relating to gender identity or sexuality and so-called honour based violence. Domestic abuse can occur between current or former intimate partners, in the home, or in the family.
Domestic abuse can take many forms, including psychological, physical, sexual, financial and emotional abuse. Find out how to tell if you’re experiencing it and what to do if you are.
Does your partner, ex-partner, or a family member:
- Call you names, threaten to ‘out’ you, or use put-downs?
- Use your gender or sexuality as a basis for threats or harm?
- Damage your property?
- Threaten to harm you or others that you love?
- Control your access to money?
- Make unwanted advances or force you into unwanted sexual contact?
- Hit, shove, grab, kick, throw things, or use other forms of physical violence on you?
- Control your contact with friends, family, work, or the LGBT ‘scene’?
- Threaten to harm themselves if you leave or seek help?
If so, you might be experiencing domestic abuse. The LGBT Domestic Abuse Partnership can help.
Domestic Abuse Counselling & Groups
As part of the DAP services we can offer free counselling and group work to LGBT people who have experienced domestic abuse.
The service offers up to 12 weeks of one-to-one counselling with an experienced therapist specialising in domestic abuse.
Counselling is a process which allows you to talk through you feelings with an experienced therapist, exploring why things may be troubling you. It is not a ‘quick-fix’ solution to things that may be going on in your life, and your counsellor won’t provide you with the ‘answers’, but they can help you work through your feelings about whatever it is you bring to counselling. Click here for more information to help you decide whether counselling is right for you.
We also offer a monthly group work programme. This offers a discussion on a related topic, and an opportunity to talk to other LGBT people who have had similar experiences. You can attend the groups as and when you feel you need to. The group runs 6.30 - 8.30pm on the second Wednesday of each month at London Friend.
You can refer into all of the LGBT DAP services by calling the National LGBT Domestic Violence Helpline on: 0800 9995428 or contact the lead partner Galop on firstname.lastname@example.org You can also self-refer via the LGBT DAP website here.
For information about our general LGBT counselling service click here.
The DAP is funded by London Councils.