SWA is pleased to say that we have a community IDVA which leads to supporting individuals from the LGBT+ community. This service is available to all people identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual or trans, and anyone falling under the umbrella term of LGBT such as queer, intersex, pansexual, gender non-binary or gender fluid, including those questioning their sexual orientation and/or gender identity.

Although heterosexual and LGBT+ people may experience similar patterns of domestic abuse (physical, emotional, financial, sexual and coercive and controlling abuse) there are however some specific issues that are unique to the experiences of LGBT+ people, which may include: 

  • The threat of disclosure of sexual orientation and gender identity to family, friends, or work colleagues. 
  • Increased isolation because of factors like lack of family support or safety nets. 
  • Undermining someone’s sense of gender or sexual identity. 
  • Limiting or controlling access to spaces and networks relevant to coming out and coming to terms with gender and sexual identity.  
  • The abusive partner may pressure their partner to minimalize abuse to protect the image of the LGBT community.
  • The abuser might refuse to use correct pronouns and prevent the abused from telling other people about their trans background or identity.
  • The abuser might deny a person’s access to medical treatment or hormones or coercing them into not pursuing medical treatment.

Referral Pathway & Forms to Access Our Services:

There are several ways to access SWA’s support. Self-referrals and agency referrals and can be made via telephone or email. Or alternative the victim can attend GP drop in’s or College drop in’s.

General enquiries

01793 864984 (tel)

24-hour Helpline

01793 610610 (tel)


To refer to our services, please download and complete the relevant forms below. Completed forms can be returned to us by email: A DASH Risk Assessment MUST be completed and be sent with the referral for this to be accepted.

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