Tales From The Other Side

In 2015 ACON’s Anti-Violence Project (no longer operating) produced Tales from the Other Side, Stories of LGBTIQ DFV Survival. This video presents stories of survival from those who have experienced domestic or family violence (DFV) in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) communities.

ACON produced this video to:

1. Assist mainstream domestic and family violence (DFV) services to increase their awareness of, and improve their responses to LGBTIQ DFV; and

2. Build awareness by presenting accessible, real life and contemporary stories of DFV relevant to LGBTIQ communities Common threads of the stories include personal experiences of DFV, strategies for survival, challenging myths about DFV in LGBTIQ relationships, and identifying sources of support (formal and informal) accessed by interviewees.

The video also identifies behaviours and dynamics that are unique to DFV in an LGBTI context such as using ‘outing’ as a method of control and isolation from LGBTI friends and communities. Other examples can include verbal abuse related to gender identity, controlling medication or access to other treatments and ridiculing the other’s expression of sexuality, gender or intersex.

Watch the full film here