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Federal Labor makes election pledge on LGBTIQ domestic violence

Federal Labor has pledged additional funding to support LGBTIQ+ people affected by domestic violence if elected to government. The party previously committed to funding 500 new community sector workers across the domestic and family violence sector if elected. On Thursday, Labor has confirmed 15 of those workers will work in LGBTIQ+ community organisations to help …

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Storm chaser under police guard following boyfriend’s death

Gold Coast storm chaser Glen Tipler remains under police guard in hospital following the suspicious house fire that killed his former partner 21-year-old Adam Marriott. Thick smoke forced firefighters to wear breathing apparatus while attending the blaze at Tipler’s rented townhouse on Wednesday night. They later found Adam Marriott dead inside the residence. Afterwards, 38-year-old …

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Rockhampton DV offender used drugs to cope with bullying

A Rockhampton man convicted of breaching a domestic violence order, and obstructing and assaulting police, blamed his actions on drug use that resulted from bullying at school. The 35-year-old man’s lawyer told Rockhampton Magistrates Court that he turned to marijuana at 14 as a coping mechanism after bullying for being gay. The defendant cannot be …

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Gay Queensland cop Ben Bjarnesen opens up in powerful TEDx talk

Queensland police officer Ben Bjarnesen has shared his own experience of domestic violence in a powerful TEDx talk. The openly gay police officer is a domestic violence survivor. Earlier this year Bjarnesen spoke at TEDxUQ hosted by the University of Queensland. The popular lectures are held on thousands of different topics all over the world. …

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Important message on LGBTQ Domestic Violence Awareness Day

The right to live a life free from domestic violence and abuse is a person’s most basic human right. But for many LGBTQ people, it is sadly not a reality. More than half of LGBTQ people will experience some form of domestic, family or intimate partner violence or abuse in their lifetime. But most victims …

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Young LGBTIQ people at greatest risk of domestic violence

LGBTIQ+ Australians under 25 are 4.5 times more likely to be at risk of domestic and family violence than those 25 years and over, according to new research. Equality Australia and Drummond Street Services’ Centre for Family Research and Evaluation in Victoria have released a research report on domestic and family violence affecting LGBTIQ+ people, …

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LGBTIQ Aussies suffer higher rates of domestic violence, study finds

LGBTIQ adults in Victoria experience domestic and family violence at more than double the rate of non-LGBTIQ adults, according to a major new survey. The Victorian Agency for Health Information conducted the survey of over 34,000 LGBTIQ adults about their health and wellbeing. The study shines a light on issues contributing to health inequalities LGBTIQ …

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Flood of support for first LGBTI Domestic Violence Awareness Day

Domestic violence doesn’t discriminate, so this Thursday (May 28) is Australia’s inaugural LGBTI Domestic Violence Awareness Day. The initiative aims shine a light on the high levels of domestic violence within Australian LGBTI relationships but low levels of reporting. Ben Bjarnesen, Queensland Police officer, DVConnect board member, and domestic violence survivor, founded the LGBTI Domestic …

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Queensland’s Ben Bjarnesen launches LGBTI Domestic Violence Awareness Day

May 28 will be Australia’s inaugural LGBTI Domestic Violence Awareness Day, a new initiative to address high rates of unreported domestic violence within LGBTIQ relationships. Recent studies show up to 62 per cent of lesbian, gay, transgender and queer Australians have experienced some form of domestic abuse within their relationships. However, as few as six …

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Domestic and family violence – Gaslighting: like a puppet on a string

Domestic and family violence takes many forms, which can include psychological manipulation. Perpetrators attempt to pull the strings — manipulating their partners to gain power and control. A partner who is using manipulation as a form of control can cause you to doubt yourself, often to a point where you no longer trust your own …

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