Domestic abuse

LGBT people's experiences of domestic abuse

Domestic abuse doesn't just happen to straight women - it affects gay men, lesbians, bisexual and trans people.

  • One in four lesbian and bisexual women have experienced domestic abuse from a partner, the which is the same as the general female population
  • Half of gay and bisexual men have experienced domestic abuse, and a third have experienced domestic abuse from a partner. This compares to one in six men in general who have experienced doemstic abuse from a family member or partner since the age of 16.

For more information about the extent and nature of LGBT domestic abuse see Stonewall Scotland's domestic abuse briefing.

How to get help

Domestic abuse happens in many different ways, and it can be hard to realise what you're going through is actually abuse. If you are frightened or concerned about the way a partner, ex-partner or family member is treating you, there are organisations out there ready to help.

Broken Rainbow runs a national LGBT domestic abuse helpline which provides confidential support to all members of the LGBT community, their family, friends and agencies supporting them.

You can call them on 0300 999 5428

Scottish Domestic Abuse Helpline provides a confidential, non-judgemental 24 hour telephone service througout Scotland, available on 0800 027 1234.

LGBT Youth Scotland also runs a project on LGBT domestic abuse in Scotland, focused on helping service providers help people who are experiencing abuse. Their website has links to many organisations which can help. 

How to report domestic abuse

If the incident requires immediate attention please contact your local police office.  In an emergency always call 999 (if the incident is ongoing or life is in danger).

If you have been the victim or witness to domestic abuse, or have concerns regarding a victim of domestic abuse there are several ways you can report this to the police.

  • At your local police office.  If the incident is urgent, this is the best way to report it.  If someone is in immediate danger always phone 999.
  • At a remote reporting site.Trained staff from partner agencies can take your report and forward it to the police.
  • Use Police Scotland's online domestic abuse form.  If you are unable to go to your local police office or remote reporting site (or prefer to remain anonymous), you can submit the form directly to Police Scotland.
  • Print a copy of the form and post it to the Domestic Abuse Coordination Unit at the address below.

Domestic Abuse Coordination Unit
173 Pitt Street
G2 4JS


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