Domestic and family violence affects all communities including transgender people and, just as it affects all people, the laws regarding domestic and family violence in Queensland, protect all people.
Domestic and family violence is about power and control. It can involve physical, sexual, emotional and psychological abuse. The abuse need not be physical.
Crissie* was abused emotionally and financially for three years.
“I never recognised the abuse for what it was because I was never hit,” Crissie said.
“Over time, because of manipulation, and then embarrassment at my situation, I became isolated from my friends and lost personal support networks to turn to.
“As a transperson, I was reluctant to access services, worried I’d be judged.”
Kristine Johnson and Gina Mather from Australian Transgender Support Association Queensland (ATSAQ) have provided support for transgendered people suffering abuse over the last 30 years.
“The most important thing,” said Gina, “is to take that first step. Pick up the phone, talk to a police liaison officer and find out the support that is available to you.”
“You won’t be judged,” said Kristine, “Your call will be taken seriously, and you’ll be provided with access to the help and support you need.
“Take steps immediately to end your social isolation. There are support groups and counselling services equipped to provide services to LGBTIQ Queenslanders who are experiencing domestic and family violence, including trans persons.
“Here at ATSAQ you’re welcome to call over for a cup of tea and coffee one on one, or we hold monthly lunches for the transgender community.”
Crissie looks back at her situation now and wonders why she didn’t seek help earlier.
“I finally had to call the police when the abuse escalated to violence and a policewoman said to me, ‘You need help. I can see the trauma in your eyes,'” Crissie said.
“She gave me the contact number for a counselling service and I’ve never looked back.”
Gina from ATSAQ said, “Don’t wait for the abuse to turn physical. Pick up the phone. Go online. There are services you can access anytime you feel threatened.”
*Name has been changed to protect privacy.
If you or someone you know is at risk of family and domestic violence:
In an emergency call Triple Zero (000) and ask for the Police.
Support for Queensland women is available from the DVConnect Womensline on 1800 811 811.
Support for Queensland men is available on the DVConnect Mensline on 1800 600 636.
Call Diverse Voices on 1800 184 527 3pm – midnight. Diverse Voices is a peer to peer phone and internet counselling service focused on the diverse voices that make up our community.
Thanks to our campaign partner: Queensland Government.
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