Show your Pride
Let’s stand united against domestic abuse.
This year's Pride in London runs from 10 to 26 June, with the main festival taking place this weekend.
If you're attending the parade this weekend, drop by the stalls being run by Camden LGBT Forum and Galop to find out about the fantastic work they do, and to pick up one of our information cards.
Pride is a time for the community to come together and celebrate just how far the LGBT* (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community has come in achieving equal rights. Everyone has the right to live with the freedom to be themselves without fear of prejudice or control.
The element of control is present in an overwhelming majority of domestic abuse cases, whether it be physical, sexual, psychological or emotional. Controlling or manipulative behaviour, such as someone using another person’s sexuality or gender identity against them by threatening to reveal this without their permission, is just one sign of emotional domestic abuse.
We are stronger as a community when we look out for each other and we want to let everyone know that they have somewhere to turn when they need support.
Current statistics indicate that 1 in 2 men who identify as gay have experienced domestic abuse in their lifetime, and for women who identify as lesbian or bisexual it is close to the national average of hetrosexuals at 1 in 4. While there are no national statistics for domestic abuse within trans relationships (where one or both partners is transsexual), it is thought to be as high as 80%. With only 35% of abuse cases thought to be reported, we want to get people talking to break the silence that can surround this issue.
If you are experiencing domestic abuse, or are worried that someone you know might be, we can help. Contact Camden Safety Net in confidence for advice and support.
Phone: 020 974 2526
Text: 07814 671 427
Find out more:
Follow #KnowYoureNotAlone, our campaign to tackle domestic violence and abuse in Camden, at camden.gov.uk/know, on Twitter and on Facebook
Contact Camden LGBT Forum, a forum run by LGBT people for LGBT people, on 020 7388 5720 or at email@example.com
Contact Galop, the London-wide LGBT anti-violence and abuse charity, on 020 704 2040 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact the National LGBT Domestic Abuse Helpline (formally Broken Rainbow) on 0300 999 5428 or 0800 9995428.
*Please note that we use LGBT to indicate intersex, non-binary, queer and questioning sexualities and all spectrums of gender identities.