New campaign puts spotlight on LGBT+ domestic abuse
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Derbyshire Constabulary is supporting the UK’s first LGBT+ Domestic Abuse Awareness Day.
Derbyshire Constabulary is supporting the UK’s first LGBT+ Domestic Abuse Awareness Day today (Friday 28 May).
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, and 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 Darren De’ath, domestic abuse lead for Derbyshire Constabulary, said: “We know that domestic abuse is an issue in the LGBT+ community and that people who are experiencing it don’t always feel confident to come forward.
“I am really pleased to be able to support this initiative by PC Tapping and my message to LGBT+ people in Derbyshire is this – you’re not alone. If you are experiencing abuse, we are here and we can help.”
PC Andy Sudbury, Derbyshire LGBT Network Co-Chair, said: “Members of our LGBT+ community do not always feel that they can report domestic abuse, for a number of different reasons.
“I would like to reassure all victims that any report of domestic abuse is taken seriously, and positive action will be taken. There is ongoing support with our partner agencies, and any report is made in confidence. Please don’t suffer in silence.”
To find out more about the campaign visit the National LGBT+ Police Network's website.
If you are a victim of abuse or if you have concerns about someone you can report it online here or by calling 101. If you're deaf or hard of hearing, use our textphone service on 18001 101.
Remember, in an emergency which is ongoing, or where life is in danger, call 999 immediately. If you're deaf or hard of hearing, use our textphone service 18000 or text us on 999 if you’ve pre-registered with the emergencySMS service. The Silent Solution can help you if speaking could put you or someone else in danger.
There are also partner support services local to Derbyshire who can help you. You can find details of support services on our website.