Working together to improve access to domestic abuse services for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) victims is the focus of a report funded by Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Sue Mountstevens.
The report has been produced by Next Link Domestic Abuse Services and The Diversity Trust and was presented at an event hosted by the two organisations at The Station in Bristol on Wednesday, 9th March 2016.
PCC Sue Mountstevens said: “This report shines a light on the views, needs and support required for LGBT victims and survivors of abuse. It is important that we always listen, especially to the quiet voices, so we can align our services to their needs. We need to actively seek this feedback and make sure that when it comes we are ready to listen. This report does that, loud and clear for the LGBT community.”
PCC Sue Mountstevens was the keynote speaker at the event, before attendees also heard from Carol Metters MBE, Chief Executive of Next Link and Berkeley Wilde, Director of The Diversity Trust.
Carol Metters MBE, Chief Executive Next Link Domestic Abuse Services said: “We are delighted to have had the opportunity to work together with The Diversity Trust to improve the lives of LGBT victims of domestic abuse. We know that historically it has been harder for LGBT victims to feel able to come forward and seek help and through the process of listening and learning from each other we have improved our understanding and begun to remove some of the obstacles to ensure domestic abuse services are welcoming to all.”
The message from everyone at the event was clear, any LGBT victim who is experiencing domestic abuse needs to know that it’s not their fault and there is help available to make them safe.
Berkeley Wilde, Director of The Diversity Trust said: "We have been working together with Next Link over the last two years to increase engagement with LGBT communities and improve access to domestic abuse services. There is a growing body of evidence that generic services need to target LGBT communities if they are to increase reporting of domestic abuse. We really welcome this timely report.”
To read the full ‘Improving access to domestic abuse services across Avon and Somerset’ report visit www.diversitytrust.org.uk/system/assets/157/original/MA4362_LGBT_Report_March2016.pdf
For more information about Next Link visit www.nextlinkhousing.co.uk and for more information about The Diversity Trust visit www.diversitytrust.org.uk.
Posted on Thursday 10th March 2016