There's No Pride In Domestic Abuse
Norfolk Police is joining police forces across the country on Friday 28 May 2021 to show support for LGBT+ Domestic Abuse Awareness Day.
The day aims to raise awareness of domestic abuse in LGBT+ communities and encourage victims to come forward - and it delivers a very clear message – ‘There’s No Pride In Domestic Abuse’.
It has been launched in the UK by the Co-Chair of the National LGBT+ Police Network PC Amy Tapping and runs alongside similar days taking place across the world.
This follows the LGBTQ Domestic Violence Awareness Foundation in Australia setting-up an inaugural awareness day last year, and after speaking to colleagues on the other side of the world, PC Tapping was determined to bring an event closer to home.
She hopes the day will ultimately encourage more victims of abuse to come forward and seek support.
PC Tapping said: "Domestic abuse is significantly under-reported in the LGBT+ community and it is our aim to not only promote the awareness day and encourage more victims to come forward, but we want to go beyond that and continue to build better relations within these communities.
"Many victims are suffering in silence and we want to ensure they know we can provide support and help give them a voice.
“A lot of work is under way nationally to better understand the needs of the LGBT+ community and listen to how we can further support victims of domestic abuse.
“We all have a part to play in protecting vulnerable victims and I would encourage everyone to show their support for this awareness day.
“It is important we all continue to make this commitment year-round and do what we can to support each other – together we can make a real difference.”
Superintendent Andy Coller, domestic abuse lead for Norfolk Constabulary, said: “This is a positive step in providing increased support and awareness for LGBT+ victims. LGBT domestic abuse isn’t just violence from partners, it can include homophobic, biphobic or transphobic abuse from other family members within the household.
“Domestic abuse has a lasting impact on victims and survivors and it’s important to raise awareness of domestic abuse within the LGBT+ community and empower more people to take that first step to seek help and support.”