There are inadequate resources available to support lesbian, gay, bi + , trans and gender diverse, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) people experiencing family violence in Australia. Government funding agencies and mainstream family violence service providers regularly state that there is insufficient evidence to justify investment in more inclusive services.

This recently published research article explores practitioner perceptions of such claims and calls for more investment in research and data gathering about family violence against LGBTIQ people and provision of effective supports.

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Zoe Belle Gender Collective training helps organisations and individual practitioners provide accessible and inclusive services for trans and gender diverse (TGD) people and their families in Victoria.

Sessions range from three hours to a full day. At your request the training can be all ages or youth focused.

In an open learning environment, our highly skilled trainers cover a range of different topics, including:

As a TGD led and run organisation, all of our trainings and workshops are created and delivered by members of the TGD community.

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The high rates of suicide-related behaviour among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, combined with similar evidence relating to LGBTQIA+ people, suggest that there is a need to investigate the compound risk of suicide-related behaviour among people who are both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and LGBTQIASB+. This report highlights gaps in existing data collection and research literature regarding the experiences of this group. It explores the risks to social, cultural and emotional wellbeing, as well as protective factors for suicide, for this group. Further research is needed to improve policy, data, and program service response, particularly following the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and government responses. This review recommends that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander LGBTQIASB+ people are treated as a priority group for research, policy and programs that are informed, owned, and driven by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander LGBTQIASB+ people.

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Monash University this month released a report examining young Victorians’ experiences of identity abuse in the context of family violence, finding that it often occurs alongside other forms of abuse. The study is one of two pieces of work on which Family Safety Victoria engaged Monash University, as part of the Victorian Government’s Child and Young Person-focused MARAM practice guidance project.

The report reveals young people’s self-reported experiences of gender-identity and LGBTIQ+ identity abuse in family violence settings, including the significant social, emotional, educational, physical and cultural impacts of family violence.

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Rainbow Mob (or Aboriginal people who are LGBTQIA+SB) have special needs when it comes to family violence services. With intersecting services available across the Aboriginal and LGBTQIA+SB sector, it is important that Rainbow Mob feel safe, supported and understood for who they are regardless of where they receive services from.

PwC’s Indigenous Consulting (PIC), in conjunction with Family Safety Victoria are reviewing the role of the Rainbow Tick accreditation process in family violence services for Rainbow Mob. If you are a family violence worker in any kind of family violence service (Aboriginal, LGBTQIA+SB or mainstream) and have thoughts on this, we would love to hear from you via our survey!

Click here to access the anonymous survey It will take approximately 10 minutes.

Any questions, you can contact the PIC team on [email protected]

The survey will close on 14 April.

Diversity Council Australia (DCA) and Pride in Diversity have released a joint report into the workplace inclusion experiences of culturally diverse LGBTQ workers.

Pride in Diversity and DCA joined forces on this project as their respective research on LGBTQ workplace inclusion had revealed that culturally diverse LGBTQ workers had unique workplace experiences that warranted deeper investigation.

Lisa Annese, CEO, Diversity Council Australia, said:

“Our work with people who are culturally diverse and LGBTQ found that for some people, current workplace D&I initiatives aren’t addressing the nuances of their intersectional identities. We wanted to start addressing this gap by sharing the insights of culturally diverse LGBTQ workers about the actions Australian organisations can take to create more inclusive workplaces.”

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This report was compiled to inform the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability. It presents data on the experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and gender diverse, queer and asexual (LGBTQA+) people with disability in Australia. These data are from two large national online surveys, Writing Themselves In 4 and Private Lives 3, which were conducted in 2019. Writing Themselves In 4 focused on young people aged 14-21 years and Private Lives 3 focused on adults aged 18 years and older.

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