Rainbow Bridge is a Victim Support run service that specifically supports victims of domestic abuse who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender. We have been funded by The Big Lottery Fund to provide the only specialised service in Wales that can provide face to face support that is victim led and individually tailored to meet individual need.

Our mission is to

  • To support victims of domestic abuse from the LGB&T community
  • To empower and increase confidence levels of the LGB&T community
  • To raise awareness of the issue and increase referrals for support
What is Domestic Abuse and how do I know if it is happening to me?

Domestic abuse is any type of abusive behaviour that is used to gain and maintain control over another. Domestic abuse can take on many forms including, but not limited to, emotional abuse, physical violence, sexual assault and financial control. It can happen in all types of relationships regardless of your age, gender identity, sexual orientation, ethnicity or religion. Domestic abuse does not only refer to abuse between two intimate partners, domestic abuse can occur between ex partners and family relatives.

Noticing and acknowledging the signs of an abusive relationship is the first step to ending it, however when you are in an abusive relationship it can be very difficult to see that.

This can be especially difficult in LGBT relationships, as domestic abuse is often assumed to be a problem of heterosexual relationships. We know that it is not and that around 1 in 4 LGBT people suffer through abusive relationships with partners, ex-partners or family relatives.

How to spot the signs

Does your partner…

  • Put you down and call you names – ‘stupid’, ‘ugly’, ‘crazy’ and that you are lucky to be with them
  • Threaten to out you to your family, friends, co-workers, religious community or services.
  • Pressure you into sex or sexual acts
  • Tries to convince you that this is what happens in a ‘lesbian’, ‘trans’ or ‘bisexual’ relationship and is normal. This could be particularly prevalent if this is your first relationship
  • Take your money or control your income
  • Use homophobia, biphobia and transphobia to control
  • Prevent you from attending LGBT events and venues
  • Tries to convince you that support services/criminal justice agencies are homophobic/biphobic/transphobic and won’t believe or accept you
  • Constantly calling, texting or contacting your family/friends to find out where you are
  • Threaten to, or actually, disclose your health status (mental health/STI’s/HIV) to family, friends or work colleagues.
  • If your partner has a transmittable illness (e.g STI’s or HIV), then they could threaten to infect you
  • Physically assault you

Do you feel…

  • Anxious or scared of your partner?
  • Like you avoid going certain places/seeing certain people in case it angers your partner
  • Like you’re walking on eggshells
  • That you’re the one who is to blame and wonder if you’re crazy?

You do not have to suffer alone. We can help. We are here for you.

Our Services

Emotional Support

We can provide you with face to face, telephone, email or SMS support delivered by our specialised trained team members. All of our support is delivered around you and your needs.

Practical Support

We can offer security alarms and crime prevention devices to help protect yourself and your home

Advocacy

We can help you liaise with housing or the police to ensure all of your needs are being met

Criminal Injuries Compensation

We can help you apply for financial compensation for what you have been through

Contact us

Call us free on 0300 3031 982

Volunteering Opportunities

To find out more information about how you can get involved with Rainbow Bridge then contact rainbowbridge@victimsupport.org.uk

Expenses for travel and lunch are covered whilst carrying out the voluntary role, and the roles do not all require the need to be based at a Victim Support Office to carry out the role effectively.

Applications will be processed and suitable candidates will be interviewed; upon successful interview and offer of appointment will be made and an enhanced DBS form completed and submitted. Successful candidates will also need to attend core training (4 day course) and complete shadowing (support volunteer only) to get accredited for lone working.