Family Violence Resources for Practitioners
- Family Violence Referral Resource A comprehensive list of referral options for LGBTIQ+ clients
- Rainbow Health Victoria Supporting LGBTIQ+ health and wellbeing
- With Respect practice guide The policy and practice guide accompanying the framework includes examples of the types of family violence that may be particular to LGBTIQ communities.
- Top tips for inclusive responses to LGBTIQA+ people experiencing family violence
- Power and Control Wheel for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans Relationships Power and Control Wheel adapted from the Domestic Abuse Intervention Project for LGBT communities. (Duluth)
- LGBTIQ+ Homelessness and Family Violence – Information for case workers Video providing information for workers about family violence and other issues for LGBTIQ+ young people. (Wombat Housing Support Services)
Training for Workers
City of Stonnington Focus groups for various local LGBTIQ+ topics
LGBTIQ Family Violence Webinar focusing on responding to victim survivors from LGBTIQ communities using an intersectional framework (NIFVS)
Gender & Sexuality
Gender identity and sexual orientation are not the same.
Gender identity refers to the way in which a person understands, identifies or expresses their masculine or feminine characteristics within a particular sociocultural context. This may or may not be aligned with the person’s assigned sex at birth. Some people may identify as one gender in one setting and a different gender in another.
Sexual orientation is the nature of a person’s basic sexual and/or romantic attraction to other people.
Gender & sexuality resources
- Minus18 are champions for LGBTIQ+ youth Australia-wide. Learn more about what intersex means from Alex on their website.
- Minus 18 have also worked with YGender to produce an online starter pack to help support trans people around you, called Trans 101.
- Intersex Human Rights Australia Ltd is a national body by and for people with intersex variations. They promote the human rights, self-determination and bodily autonomy of intersex people in Australia, and provide many resource links on their website.
- International supermodel Hanne Gaby Odiele spoke out in 2017 about her gender identity in Here’s What It Really Means To Be Intersex.
- ReachOut is Australia’s leading online mental health organisation for young people and their parents. They have a page called Understanding Intersex People on their website.
- National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) is an American organisation that advocates for transgender people. Their website contains a useful resource titled Understanding Non-Binary People: How to Be Respectful and Supportive.
- The Australian Human Rights Commission AHRC is an independent third party which investigates complaints about discrimination and human rights breaches. For more information, go to the AHRC website.
- The Human Rights Campaign Foundation is the educational arm of the largest LGBTIQ+ civil rights organisation in the United States. See their web page on Understanding the Transgender Community.
Other Resources for Practitioners
- Victoria Police LGBTIQ+ Liasion Officer: An insight in the LLO role in Victoria Police. Their role is to contribute to the creation of mutual trust between police, lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender and intersex persons so they have increasing confidence in police through the provision of fair and equitable policing service.
- Pride in Prevention Messaging Guide: A guide to support communications and engagement in primary prevention of family violence experienced by LGBTIQ+ communities.
- Trans101 Videos and documents helping people better understand what it means to be trans
- Trans Children & Young People Supporting trans children and young people
- QueerAbility: a Toolkit to access the NDIS
- LGBTIQ+ and Dementia Supporting older LGBTIQ+ people
- The Department of Health and Aging aim to provide equitable access to appropriate ageing and aged care services for LBGTI people. Refer to their National LGBTI Aging and Aged Care Strategy.
- Supporting LGBTIQ+ people who have experienced conversion practices
- Walkern Katatdjin A national research project that aims to understand and promote the mental health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, Asexual + young people, and to work with services to develop appropriate interventions.
- LGBTIQ+ & Faith Enhancing the visibility, safety, mental health and well-being, social inclusion and sense of belonging amongst LGBTIQ+ people from multicultural and faith based communities
- ACON is Australia’s largest health organisation specialising in community health, inclusion and HIV responses for people of diverse sexualities and genders. Established in 1985, ACON works to create opportunities for people to live their healthiest lives.
- QLife provides Australia-wide anonymous, LGBTIQ+ peer support and referral for people wanting to talk about a range of issues including sexuality, identity, gender, bodies, feelings or relationships. Contact Number (3pm-midnight AEST): 1800 184 527 Chat Online (3pm-midnight AEST)
- Say It Out Loud LGBTQ+ Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Toolkit
- Inclusive communication with LGBTIQ+ clients This guide outlines why inclusive communication matters and what works to ensure inclusive communication, and supports practitioners to use this evidence in their decision making when working.
Resources for Employers
Pride in Diversity is one of ACON’s Pride Inclusion Programs, launched in February 2010 as the national not-for-profit employer support program for all aspects of LGBTI inclusion. The program provides advice, guidance and expertise to Australian employers nationally. Pride in Diversity supports member organisations in their pursuit of best practice, LGBTI cultural inclusivity and the attraction and retention of talent through the adoption of progressive inclusive policy, practice and behaviours. Read more about Pride Inclusion Programs. Pride in Diversity offers a series of publications that are available in PDF format to their members via their members-only portal, and hard copies can be purchased via their online shop.. Titles include:
- LGBTI Domestic & Family Violence – A guide to best practice for workplace policy
- Employers’ Guide to Intersex Inclusion
- Count Me In Mini Ally Guide
The Australian Sex Discrimination Act 1984 makes it unlawful to discriminate on the basis of a person’s sexual orientation, gender identity and intersex status. The AHRC’s Face the Facts resource sheets offer accurate and easy to understand information on this and other key areas of the Commission’s work.
The Human Rights Campaign Foundation is the educational arm of the largest LGBTIQ+ civil rights organisation in the United States. Read their report on LGBTIQ+ employees in the workplace: A Workplace Divided: Understanding the Climate of LGBTQ Workers Nationwide
Reports, Articles and Videos
- Rosie Batty’s One Plus One interview with Russell Vickery, FV victim survivor
- There’s No Safe Place at Home: Domestic and family violence affecting LGBTIQ+ people Research report regarding 2020 survey of LGBTIQ+ people across Australia. (Equality Australia & Drummond Street)
- “Sorting it Out”. Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer (GBTIQ) men’s attitudes and experience of intimate partner violence and sexual assault. Report presenting data from a survey with GBTIQ Australian men. (Western Sydney University and ACON)
- Developing LGBTQ programs for Perpetrators and Victim Survivors of Domestic and Family Violence: Research Report focusing on engaging the LGBTQ community in tailored perpetrator programs. (ANROWS, 2020)
- Intimate partner violence in lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex and queer communities Article discussing the prevalence, experiences and barriers for the LGBTIQ community experiencing family violence. (Australian Institute of Family Studies, 2015).
- Data collection that is not inclusive is a significant barrier to services for LGBTIQ+ clients. Meridian (formerly the AIDS Action Council) has a full guide on LGBTIQ-inclusive data collection