LGBTQ+ Survivors Christmas Survival Guide

LGBTQ+ Survivors Christmas Survival Guide

Christmas can be a particularly dangerous time of year for domestic abuse survivors. Many services close, meaning that people are stuck without means of support if they’re in danger or particularly struggling with something.

Being around abusive family members as an LGBTQ+ person can be particularly dangerous and triggering, especially during times of year where there is an emphasis on family and togetherness.

We have created a survival guide for people needing support, help or guidance over the next few weeks. You can download a copy here: DA LGBTQ+ Survivor Christmas Guide

We’ve put some helpful affirmations and reminders in this guide if you need them, as well as safety advice and tips to identify and reduce your risk of domestic abuse. We’ve also included tips to help you to respond if abuse happens.

If you know anyone who would benefit from reading or having this guide, please pass it on. We’re here for all LGBTQ+ domestic abuse survivors. 

Please note: Our domestic abuse team will not be working over the upcoming festive period. We will be away from December 23rd until January 4th. Any referrals made over this time will be picked up upon our return on the 4th. If you need urgent help, please call 999.

If you’d like someone to speak to over the festive period, Switchboard’s helpline will be open on:
  • Wednesday 28th December 7 pm-9:30 pm
  • Thursday 29th of December 7 pm-9:30 pm
  • Monday 2nd of January 7-9:30 pm. 
You can contact the helpline by calling 01273 204050, or via the webchat on our website. 
With respect & solidarity,
Switchboard LGBTQ+ domestic abuse service