Police forces across the country are showing their support today (28 May 2021) for LGBT+ Domestic Abuse Awareness Day.
The day aims to raise awareness of domestic abuse in LGBT+ communities and encourage victims to come forward.
And it delivers a very clear message – ‘There’s No Pride in Domestic Abuse’.
It has been launched in the UK by the co-chair of the National LGBT+ Police Network PC Amy Tapping, and runs alongside similar days taking place across the world.
This follows the LGBTQ Domestic Violence Awareness Foundation in Australia setting-up an inaugural awareness day last year. After speaking to colleagues on the other side of the world, PC Tapping was determined to bring an event closer to home.
She hopes the day will ultimately encourage more victims of abuse to come forward and seek support. PC Tapping said:
“Domestic abuse is significantly under-reported in the LGBT+ community and it is our aim to not only promote the awareness day and encourage more victims to come forward, but we want to go beyond that and continue to build better relations within these communities.
“Many victims are suffering in silence and we want to ensure they know we can provide support and help give them a voice.
“A lot of work is under way nationally to better understand the needs of the LGBT+ community and listen to how we can further support victims of domestic abuse.
“We all have a part to play in protecting vulnerable victims and I would encourage everyone to show their support for this awareness day.
“It is important we all continue to make this commitment year-round and do what we can to support each other – together we can make a real difference.”
Detective Chief Inspector Craig Laws, domestic abuse lead for Bedfordshire Police, said:
“Domestic abuse can happen in any relationship, regardless of gender or sexuality.
“As a force we wholeheartedly support this awareness day, as no one should ever feel like their voice won’t be heard, and when you are ready to speak to us, we have a dedicated team here to investigate.
“Some of our officers are also Lesbian and Gay Liaison Officers and can provide an extra level of support, and a shared understanding of LGBTQ issues.
“We would like to take this opportunity to say that despite the pandemic, support is available, and together with our partner agencies, we will continue to share information on how to make a report and to find help.”
To find out more search National LGBT+ Police Network online.