Victim Support Cymru run two specialist projects that offer free and confidential support to the LGBT+ community.

Rainbow Bridge

Rainbow Bridge was set up in 2015 and receives funding from the Big Lottery Fund to support and empower victims of domestic abuse who identify as LGBT+ in Cardiff and The Vale. This can include emotional and/or physical abuse and coercive control from a partner, ex-partner or family member.

1 in 4 LGBT people are a victim of domestic abuse; however it is highly under recognised and reported. Our mission is to

  • To support and relieve suffering for victims of domestic abuse from the LGBT +community
  • To empower and increase confidence levels of the LGBT+ community
  • To raise awareness of the issue and increase referrals for support across the board

Rainbow Bridge recognises the different abuse tactics that may occur within an LGBT relationship, and furthermore recognises the barriers to engaging with support and criminal justice services.  Some of these differences may be

  • Threats to out their sexual orientation or gender identity
  • Prevention from attending LGBT spaces/making LGBT support networks
  • Convinces them that this is ‘normal’ and is what happens in an LGBT relationship
  • Prevention from transitioning
  • Reinforces fears and doubts that support and criminal justice agencies are homo/bi/transphobic

These are just some of the ways where a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity can be used as a tool of control.

The support we offer is individually tailored to meet your needs and can be face to face, over telephone and over email. We can offer emotional support, safety planning, police and housing advocacy, personal safety and much more.

The All Wales Hate Crime Project

The All Wales Hate Crime Project is funded until 2020 by Welsh Government to support victims of hate crime and to increase reporting of hate crimes and incidents to the police and via third party reporting centres.

A Hate Crime is any criminal act which is perceived to be motivated by the following:

  • Race
  • Religion
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Disability
  • Gender Identity

This may include physical and verbal abuse, criminal damage, threatening behaviour and harassment.

We also support victims of Mate Crime which is when a person is harmed or taken advantage of by someone who they thought was a friend or a trusted person.

Support can be provided across Wales by our trained Hate Crime Caseworkers who can help with emotional support, safety and crime prevention, police liaison, housing advocacy and much more.

You can also report hate crimes to us using our confidential online form. We can report hate crimes to the police on your behalf and you are able to remain anonymous if you wish.

reporthate.victimsupport.org.uk

You can follow us and like us on social media:

@RainbowBridgeVS

@VictimSupportHC

facebook.com/rainbowbridgewales

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