Black LGBT people and Domestic Violence

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2015 National LGBT Conference
18 September 2015

Conference notes the pilot by Broken Rainbow for a social response to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) domestic violence which has been shortlisted for a National Diversity Award in August 2015. We need to encourage the inclusion of Black LGBT experiences of domestic violence and the services they access, due to the nature of the issues that particularly affect Black communities such as honour-based violence, female genital mutilation (FGM) and forced marriages.

Conference calls on the national LGBT committee to:

1. Promote the work of organisations such as Broken Rainbow and Iranian and Kurdish Women’s Rights Organisation (IKWRO ) that provides advice and support to Middle Eastern women and girls in the UK who are facing ‘honour’ based violence, domestic abuse, forced marriage or FGM;

2. Encourage Black LGBT members to become fully engaged and represented in Broken Rainbow’s pilot;

3. Work with branch and regional LGBT groups to promote domestic violence services that support the needs of Black LGBT people.