Domestic abuse happens in many different ways, and it can be hard to realise what you're going through is actually abuse. If you are frightened or concerned about the way a partner, ex-partner or family member is treating you, there are organisations out there ready to help.

Fear Free

Fear Free offers a range of support to anyone from the LGBT+ community, including safety planning, emotional support, advocacy, mentoring, and practical support with housing, employment/education, and assistance to access appropriate benefits.

You can make a referral on


(previously known as Broken Rainbow)

Their helpline is for LGBT+ people experiencing abuse or violence, such as hate crime, domestic abuse, sexual violence, so-called “conversion therapy” or any other kind of abuse. They offer emotional support, provide information and can help you to explore your options, depending on your needs. The helpline is also open to friends, family members and professionals who might be concerned about an LGBT+ person who is facing abuse.

LGBT Domestic Abuse Scotland

They provide support and advice to LGBT people and professionals.

LGBT Youth Scotland

Their website has links to many organisations which can help, and they run a project on LGBT domestic abuse in Scotland, focused on helping service providers help people who are experiencing abuse.