The ‘revolutionary’ programs giving hope to LGBT domestic violence survivors

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Studies show people in same-sex relationships experience domestic violence at similar — and possibly higher — rates as opposite-sex couples.

But until recently survivors have suffered in silence and worse, been ignored and misunderstood by the health professionals and police who are supposed to help them, because of the persistent stigma and shame surrounding LGBT abuse and misconceptions that especially lesbian couples are immune from it.

John & Tony’s story: love, brain injury, and domestic violence

news.com.au, October 14, 20159:40am

At their most severe, John’s outbursts have inflicted broken teeth and stitches to his partner Tony’s head.

It’s rare to hear someone admit to being a perpetrator of domestic violence. And what John has done is shocking. There’s no question about it. But everyone close to John attests that he was never violent before he sustained a severe brain injury nine years ago.

John’s story is surprisingly common.

With the support of Headway ADP, a specialist support service for adults with an acquired brain injury in Sydney, John hopes to seek further brain-injury specific counselling to assist him with anger management.

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