LGBTI Relationships Aren’t Free From Domestic Violence

Writer Emily Brookes


An article looking at some of the complexities of domestic violence in LGBTI relationships.

Peter Bridge hadn’t heard about same-sex domestic violence until he was in it.

It took him a year to escape from a tumultuous relationship while living with his partner in the affluent Sydney suburb of Potts Point. Why did he stay so long? For the same reason most victims of family violence stay.

 He believed his partner would change.

And when someone finally realises their partner won’t, it takes time and planning to get out safely. This is where it differs for victims of domestic violence in LGBTI relationships.

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