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Referral pathways for people seeking help

As the Royal Commission noted, LGBTIQ people experiencing family violence have tended not to access formal supports, but rather sought support among friends and community members, if at all. This reflects barriers LGBTIQ people currently experience when accessing the service system and its limited capacity to respond to circumstances where family or intimate partner violence characteristics do not resemble a traditional cisgendered heteronormative model.

With the reform of the service system following the Royal Commission, there are emerging pathways for LGBTIQ people experiencing family violence, and work towards improved responses from existing mainstream services is in progress.

The following are some service pathways for LGBTIQ people experiencing family violence to seek support: