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LGBTI Domestic Violence Awareness Day - #ImHereForYou


LGBTI Domestic Violence Awareness Day - #ImHereForYou

Today is Australia's first LGBTI Domestic Violence Awareness Day.

This day has been established, with the support of the Prime Minister, to acknowledge those within LGBTIQ+ communities who have been victims of domestic violence.

According to recent studies, up to 62% of LGBTIQ+ people have experienced domestic violence in their relationships. However, the instances of violence being reported to the police are still incredibly low. 

In addition to the plethora of reasons that victims of domestic violence do not report incidents, LGBTIQ+ people may also be less likely to recognise that they are experiencing abuse, as heterosexual abuse is more openly addressed by the public. Because LGBTIQ+ people may suffer from a different kind of abuse compared to those in a heterosexual relationship, such as identity-based tactics of abuse (e.g. fear of exposure “outing”) they may not be aware that these tactics are abuse.  LGBTIQ+ people may also feel like there is no support available to them. 

It is very important that, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, religion or sexual preference, domestic violence is addressed without delay. Time is of the essence when dealing with domestic violence and restraining orders because being proactive can reduce the negative effects that can be experienced in these situations and secure long-term protection.

Butlers have experienced lawyers who specialise in the many multifaceted legal issues arising from domestic violence. A person experiencing domestic violence may find themselves dealing with several different areas of law (and processes), including Restraining Orders, Family Law, Criminal and Tenancy Law.

The law surrounding domestic violence and LGBTI relationships in Family Law is constantly changing and evolving to accept and facilitate equal opportunities to the fundamental rights of every person, family and couple.

The processes surrounding family and domestic violence are also constantly changing, providing people who have experienced domestic violence with more efficient access to protection. For example, you can now make an Application for a Violence Restraining Order, online. However, it is best to seek legal advice before doing so.  Also, if a Court anywhere in Australia makes a Restraining Order to help protect someone from family violence, the Order automatically applies across Australia.

Butlers is committed to the principles and goals established by the Inaugural LGBRI Domestic Violence Awareness Day - Awareness, remembrance, recognition and support. We, in conjunction with those promoting LGBTI Domestic Violence Awareness Day,  aim to raise awareness of Domestic Violence in LGBTIQ+ communities, remember LGBTIQ+ victims of DV who have lost their lives, recognise LGBTIQ+ survivors and acknowledge the struggles of those LGBTIQ+ people who may currently be in an abusive relationship.


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