Abuse: Physical, Emotional & Sexual

More than twice as many lesbian and bisexual women have experienced physical, emotional or sexual abuse than heterosexual women. The reason for this is not known, although contributing factors may include homophobia and increased levels of reporting of abuse by lesbian and bisexual women. These experiences do not ‘cause’ women to be lesbian, queer or bisexual, which is a common myth in the general community. Another common myth is that two women in a relationship could not be aggressive or violent towards each other. Intimate partner abuse (domestic violence) can happen and there are some specific resources available to support women through this.

It is important to find a healthcare provider to talk with about these experiences if they continue to affect your mental or physical health.

Support and information: