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LGBT+ victims of domestic abuse are being forced to stay with their perpetrators because no refuge spaces are available, a leading charity has found.

The LGBT Foundation is currently “firefighting” to help the increased numbers of victims who are isolated from support networks during the coronavirus lockdown, a spokesperson told the i.

The charity says calls to its crisis helpline have doubled since March 23, as the pandemic compounds existing problems caused by a lack of space and understanding of the obstacles facing LGBT+ domestic abuse victims.

Due to funding cuts there are currently no LGBT-specific refuge services in England, and less than one percent of refuges provide specialist support to LGBT+ survivors. The only two that do are located in London.

“There is a very real danger that LGBT+ victims may slip through the net and be left without support, trapped in a situation that is very dangerous to them,” said Paul Martin OBE, chief executive of LGBT Foundation.

According to the charity Galop, LGBT+ domestic violence victims are more likely to be referred to their local authority to get on a housing list than find a refuge space.

What this means is that victims often end up returning to abusive partners as they face homelessness while waiting for the local authority to rehouse them.

 

Read more at: https://www.pinknews.co.uk/2020/05/03/lgbt-domestic-abuse-victims-stay-with-partners-coronavirus-lockdown-lgbt-foundation/

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