Today is Australia’s inaugural LGBTI Domestic Violence Awareness Day, a new initiative to address domestic violence within LGBTIQ relationships.
The Domestic Violence Crisis Service (DVCS) and Meridian (formerly the AIDS Action Council) are working in partnership to promote the day and draw awareness of the occurrence of domestic and family violence within the LGBTIQA+ community.
As a peer-led health service embedded in LGBTIQ+ communities, Meridian (formerly AIDS Action Council) sees the impact of domestic and family violence on LGBTIQ+ people, families, and communities. We also notice the silence that surrounds the issue. We notice it when LGBTIQ+ people, relationships, and families are not included in domestic and family violence prevention and response efforts. And we notice it when we don’t call out violence within our own communities. It’s time to break the silence. Today, Meridian is partnering with the Domestic Violence Crisis Service (DVCS) to shine the spotlight on domestic and family violence within LGBTIQ+ relationships and families.