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SPLITZ Support Service, a local domestic violence and sexual abuse charity, based in Wiltshire, is to launch its first online support group for LGBTQ+ victims of domestic abuse.
The group, which will start in November, will last six weeks and will seek to support anyone who is still in or has recently left an abusive relationship.
Although the group is only starting in November, the charity is now accepting referrals.
Frankie Duddridge, service manager for Splitz Support Service in Wiltshire, said: “Splitz Support Service recognizes that anyone can be a victim of domestic violence, regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, age, their ethnic origin, socio-economic status or origin.
“In addition to barriers to accessing help for domestic violence, members of the LGBTQ+ community may face additional barriers, such as their partner threatening to report them to friends or family; gender stereotypes; the fear of not being believed and the social impact of reporting abuse and the possibility of being estranged from friends.
“Through this group, we want to create a safe space for group members to learn and discuss domestic violence, identify the dynamics of violence and coercive control, begin to plan for a life free of violence, and benefit from being among a support group of people from the LGBTQ+ community.
To be referred for a place in this group, please contact the service team on 01225 775 276, where you can speak confidentially to a member of staff, or complete the referral form online at Phoenix Self Referral Form (split .org)
For more information on the charity visit: www.splitz.org