VICTIMS of domestic abuse, who are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGB&T) or in same sex relationships are being urged to seek help from the police and other support agencies.
Officers are reassuring victims they will be treated with the utmost sensitivity and offered a great deal of support by specialist officers.
Det Chief Inspector Sue Cawley from Lancashire Constabulary’s Public Protection Unit said: “Domestic abuse isn’t just violence; it can be physical, emotional, psychological, financial or sexual. Anyone who is forced to alter their behaviour because they are frightened of their partner’s reaction is being abused. It can happen at any stage of a relationship and is very rarely a one off.
“We know there are people from LGB&T communities suffer abuse at the hands of their partners and for many reasons they don’t report the crimes. We know how frightening it can be for victims to take that first step and come forward to the police – but people should be reassured they will get the support they need from specially trained officers.
“There are a number of ways for people to report abuse and victims should be reassured they will offered a great deal of help and support from the moment they report a crime.
“If you think a member of your family or a friend is a victim of domestic abuse, you can still tell police and we can now act on the information you give.”
Anyone with information or concerns can contact specialist domestic abuse investigators by calling 101, or visit www.broken-rainbow.org.uk or call the helpline 08452 60 44 60.