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< Back to LGBTQ+ advice and support page If you are a young LGBTQ+ person facing abuse, there are resources and support available to help you. Here is some advice to help you navigate this situation:  Remember, you are not alone, and there are people and organisations ready to support you. Reach out for help, […]

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If you are a young LGBTQ+ person facing abuse, there are resources and support available to help you. Here is some advice to help you navigate this situation: 

  1. Recognise the abuse: The first step is to acknowledge that you are in an abusive relationship. Abuse can be emotional, physical, or even financial. It’s important to understand that no one deserves to be mistreated, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. 
  1. Safety first: Your safety should always be a top priority. If you are in immediate danger, call emergency services (999 or your country’s equivalent). If you’re concerned about your physical safety, consider finding a safe place to go, like a friend’s house, a shelter, or a trusted adult. Learn more about safety planning in out survivor’s handbook
  1. Reach out for support: Don’t go through this alone. Sharing your experiences with someone you trust can provide emotional support and help you access vital resources. Sharing your experiences with someone you trust can provide emotional support and help you access necessary resources. 
  1. Contact LGBTQ+ support organisations: Many organisations specialise in helping LGBTQ+ people facing abuse. Contact these organisations for guidance and assistance. Services run by LGBTQ+ people, for LGBTQ+ people, understand the unique challenges you may be experiencing. See our signposting page for more information:
  1. Self-care and mental health: Abuse can take a toll on your mental and emotional well-being. Practice self-care by engaging in activities that help you relax and feel better. Consider seeking counselling or therapy to address the emotional impact of abuse. Seek additional support from our survivors handbook.  
  1. Stay informed: Knowledge is power. Learn about healthy relationships and the warning signs of abuse. Understanding what a healthy relationship looks like can empower you to make informed choices. 
  1. Trust your instincts: You know your situation better than anyone else. Trust your instincts and make decisions that are in your best interest. Don’t let anyone pressure you into doing something you’re not comfortable with. 
  1. Be patient with yourself: Recovering from abuse is a process, and it may take time. Be patient with yourself and seek support when needed. Healing is possible, and you deserve to live a life free from abuse. 

Remember, you are not alone, and there are people and organisations ready to support you. Reach out for help, stay safe, and focus on building a brighter and more secure future. 

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