Call It OutA year-long project aiming to improve access to domestic abuse services for LGBT+ people across South Yorkshire.
SAYiT, has recently been funded, thanks to a bid to central government by the four South Yorkshire councils, to run a new innovative project aimed at improving access to domestic abuse services for LGBT+ people (Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Trans and other minority sexuality and/or genders) across South Yorkshire.
Domestic abuse is defined as:
“Any incident of threatening behaviour, violence or abuse (psychological, physical, sexual, financial or emotional) between adults who are or have been intimate partners or family members, regardless of gender or sexuality.”
Currently LGBT+ victims and survivors are not accessing services at the same rates as others in the population.
The project will undertake consultation work with local LGBT+ people / community groups to understand what specific barriers exist for LGBT+ people experiencing domestic abuse that result in them not accessing support services. This consultation will especially seek to engage LGBT+ minority voices who may be affected by a multiple disadvantage (e.g. people who are younger or older, BAMER (Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic and/or Refugee), carers, disabled, different faith groups etc.)
These personal stories, combined with findings from academic research, will guide what work needs to take place.
Some examples of work which may be undertaken through this project are:
- Training packages for professionals working in domestic abuse and other relevant agencies
- An awareness campaign run with / for LGBT+ people to improve identification of domestic abuse in LGBT+ relationships
- The development of a Kite mark which will be awarded to services, letting LGBT+ people know that a service is an LGBT+ inclusive
If you have had some experience of domestic abuse, and are LGBT+, 16+, and within South Yorkshire we would be very keen to hear from you – your experience is vital helping us understand what gaps and barriers exist in accessing services. We are also looking for people who might want to join a project Advisory Group to help shape the project.
For further information or to get involved please contact Heather and Elly (LGBT+ Domestic Abuse Development Workers based at SAYiT) on 0114 241 2728 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you need help or are concerned about a friend or family member please call:
Sheffield Domestic Abuse Helpline 0808 808 2241
Rotherham Rise 0330 202 0571
Barnsley Domestic Abuse Helpline 03000 110 110
Doncaster Domestic Abuse Hub 01302 737080
Call It Out: South Yorkshire LGBT+ Awareness Training for Domestic Abuse and Women’s Service Providers
We had a great session today running the first of our LGBT+ Awareness Training sessions as part of our #CallItOut LGBT+ Domestic Abuse project. It was wonderful to see the commitment to LGBT+ inclusion from across South Yorkshire with 13 different organisations...Read more
Last Friday, SAYiT's LGBT+ Domestic Abuse development workers Heather and Elly called into the BBC studios for a chat with Paulette Edwards about the Call It Out project. If you missed it you can listen again here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p078q5xv (from...Read more
The second meeting of our South Yorkshire LGBT+ Domestic Abuse Advisory Group takes place on Wednesday 26th June at United Reform Church, Doncaster. Come along, have your say and help make services in South Yorkshire more accessible for LGBT+ people. Call 0114 241...Read more
Factsheet: Key Definitions and Terminology
1 page .pdf resource including:
- Domestic Abuse deifinition
- Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Terms
Factsheet: LGBT+ and the law: A guide for service providers
2 page .pdf resource including:
- Who is and isn’t protected under the Equality Act 2010
- Single sex exemptions
- Other legislation
- Best practice
Factsheet: Challenging our thinking as Practitioners around LGBT+ Domestic Abuse
2 page .pdf resource including:
- Common myths and facts about LGBT+ experiences of domestic abuse
- Barriers for LGBT+ accessing services
- How professionals can address some of these issues