Thorne Harbour Health and Rainbow Health Victoria have partnered on a bold campaign to put a spotlight on family violence in LGBTIQ communities.
The Safe Always campaign features four images of LGBTIQ couples juxtaposed with various headline texts about family violence, informed by the lived experience of LGBTIQ people.
The aim of the campaign is to grab the attention of viewers and achieve greater recognition of LGBTIQ family violence among mainstream service providers and the wider community, as well as raising awareness within LGBTIQ communities of experiences of violence that may otherwise remain hidden.
“It’s a confronting campaign, but we can’t be afraid to have the difficult conversation,” said Thorne Harbour Health CEO Simon Ruth.
“Unfortunately, LGBTIQ communities are unexceptional in this regard – family violence is real for them too.
“We need to acknowledge this is happening to LGBTIQ people, and we need to address the issue head on.”
Rainbow Health Victoria Director Marina Carman said that LGBTIQ people need understanding of these issues.
“LGBTIQ communities can face difficulties accessing mainstream services that do not understand or recognise their experiences of family and intimate partner violence,” said Carman.
“The discussion around family violence is often focused on men’s violence against women, but the Safe Always campaign challenges everyone to consider the diversity of experiences of family violence and the need to strive for respect, safety, and support for all people, families, and relationships.”
The campaign website provides further insight into LGBTIQ family violence and offers guidance around engaging with support services, particularly those with the capacity to appropriately support LGBTIQ people.
Community groups have continued their focus on support for LGBTIQ people who have experienced violence.
Earlier this year, ACON announced a new program to help educate professionals on supporting LGBTIQ people after sexual assault and family and domestic violence.
If you or someone you know needs support, you can also refer to our list of Australian community services and resources.