The hot weather, holidays, Mardi Gras and good times are ahead of us. However, summer for the AVP also means increased reports of homophobic, transphobic and same-sex domestic violence.

The AVP team works with police, government and community to support people who have experienced violence, to promote anti-homophobia initiatives, run education campaigns, and to educate the GLBT community about same-sex domestic violence (SSDV).

Violence and abuse profoundly affects us and those around us. Around 85% of gay men and lesbians have experienced homophobic abuse, harassment or assault but only 13% report it. Over one third of people in same-sex relationships experience domestic violence but only 30% seek help.

By reporting to the AVP or police you can get support and information, and help us to r develop safety strategies and advocate for a safer community.

If you have experienced abuse, harassment or assault please contact us on 9206 2116. You can make a report and get tips on personal safety on our website www.acon.org.au/ant-violence. If you or someone you know is in an abusive relationship please visit www.anothercloset.com.au or call ACON on 1800 063 060. For tips on personal safety at beats, legal rights or interacting with police visit www.beats.net.au.

You can also report homophobic violence via the Police Assistance Line on 131 444. By asking for an incident to be recorded as ‘sexual preference prejudice’, police can track homophobic incidents better.

The AVP wishes everyone a very safe and fun summer.

By ROBERT KNAPMAN, The Anti-Violence Project
info: www.acon.org.au/anti-violence

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