Welcome to w|respect
w|respect is a new specialist LGBTIQ family violence service that was funded by the Victorian government in 2017. Its role is to both support the LGBTIQ communities and their families affected by family violence as well as build the capacity of the integrated family services and specialist family violence system. Read more about our service
The following information is for family violence service providers and other professionals supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) people who are experiencing, or at risk of, family violence. More information for LGBTIQ people will be available here shortly. You can contact w|respect directly by phoning 1800 LGBTIQ (1800 542 847) After house counselling is available on Wednesday, between 5pm and 11pm, and on Saturday and Sunday, between 10am and 10pm.
Information for service providers
- How is family violence and intimate partner violence enacted in LGBTIQ communities?
- What is Family Violence?
- Referral pathways for people seeking help
- Specific practice guidance when working with LGBTIQ people
- Safe referral options and pathways
Changes in the sector
The family violence sector is undergoing considerable change as result of the Victorian Royal Commission. For details of the various reforms taking place to support LGBTIQ people experiencing family violence, please view Sector Reforms.
Some notes on usage
‘LGBTIQ’ is used throughout this resource to collectively refer to lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and gender diverse, intersex and queer people. Some people may not publicly identify as LGB but are in LGB or queer relationships. It is also important to be aware that different cultures and languages use other words to describe sexuality, attraction, gender or bodies, and labels can be assumed or ascribed to a person without their knowledge.
The ‘I’ in ‘LGBTI’ is often used to include people with intersex variations, however not all intersex people are LGBT. The ‘I’ in ‘LGBTI’ used in this resource refers to the experiences of those intersex people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer.
While intersections with LGBT experiences exist for some intersex people, there are major differences between LGBT and intersex experiences .
This includes acts of violence unique to intersex experiences, such as non-consensual ‘normalising’ surgeries which can be experienced by intersex people regardless of whether they are LGBT or not. As the recent LGBTI family violence literature review commissioned by the Victorian Government identified, there is a research gap on the experiences of family violence of people with intersex variation.