Broken Rainbow UK, the only National LGBT Domestic Violence Helpline offering confidential help to the LGBT community, has released its top tips for people who are experiencing domestic violence this Christmas.
Broken Rainbow’s Chief executive, Rita Hirani said “Christmas can be a very difficult time for people in abusive relationships. It is a period when there are further financial pressures, families spend more time together and expectations are high.”
Their top tips for surviving domestic violence this Christmas:
If you are in immediate danger call the police on 999
Call the National Broken Rainbow LGBT Domestic Violence Helpline on 0300 999 5428 to talk confidentially to another LGBT person who will listen and help you understand your options
Email Broken Rainbow UK if you don’t feel like talking over the phone. Our email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
Talk to a friend. Tell someone what’s going on. It helps to share you problems with someone you can trust
Violence is not your fault, no matter what excuses you’re given
Plan for your safety – think about the worst-case scenario: if you had to leave in a hurry, what would you take with you? Where can you go to be safe and get help? Remember you can always go to the police for help.
Keep your mobile fully charged and handy.
Remember, you’re not alone: 1 in 4 LGBT people go through domestic violence at some point in their lives.
You can visit the Broken Rainbow website at broken-rainbow.org.uk for more information.