Resources for LGBTQ survivors
Low income survivors
Discretionary payment for paying rent in advance, help with council tax & removal costs for anyone on benefits.
A database where you can select any grant and fund, and everything will come up in a handy database.
This helps with food costs & emergency resourcing issues.
Money Advice Plus
Can provide casework (alongside an already existing IDVA) for survivors of economic abuse to navigate the system and open a new bank account. There is also a helpline.
Webpage with information of how UC,ESA, DSA and the benefits cap is changed for survivors of domestic abuse.
A really great resource of how to stay in your home, manage debts, change or open bank accounts and how to separate your finances from the abuser.
Can sign off on foodbank referrals, has its own food surplus resources and can provide things like personal care items. B&H libraries also sometimes have these resources. Switchboard have access to 100 sim cards.
Rail to Refuge service, provides free train travel to refuges & covers the cost of a ticket.
Provides clothes, child specific furniture, sheets, buggies, books, arts and crafts (anything for children under age 10). Must be referred by us.
Survivors Welfare Advice Project- CPAG
Advice line for professionals working with domestic abuse survivors; specialises in:
- Issues relating to joint claims
- ‘Right to reside’ and eligibility
- Managing benefits after fleeing domestic abuse
- Any other welfare rights matters
Family Action Welfare Grants Programme
CURRENTLY CLOSED- WILL CHECK REGULARLY TO SEE WHEN OPEN.
Gives grants of £300-£500 to survivors of domestic abuse (also mental health grants, older people’s grants, disability grants)
Black survivors, survivors of Colour, Indigenous survivors, BME, QTIBIPOC survivors
Southall Black Sisters
Have a No Resource Fund for anyone in the UK who has no recourse to public funds, have an insecure immigration status, and allows them to access a refuge or safe accommodation. Help pages on Forced Marriage, Immigration Problems and Abusive Relationships.
Al Mizan Trust
General Welfare grant for up to £500, restrictions apply on this grant (for example, clearing debts), but they will fund applications.
‘Recognisable’ , an accessible zine about a non-binary person trying to cope with a changing relationship.
Based in London, but are specialists for African Heritage survivors. They can provide 1:1 support, therapeutic services and have a refuge space if needed for survivors. Do not provide a service to trans women.
LGBT Traveller Pride
Trans and Non Binary solidarity fund, can provide funds of around £50 to help trans people with affirmative clothing. There is also a free binder service available.
Support service for Black femme survivors- they are currently recruiting for a specialist IDVA for Sussex. They provide counselling, advocacy and outreach.
Healing Justice London
Provides services from an abolitionist perspective including a ‘reimagining masculinities healing circle’ for men & masculine identifying people of colour. They also do restorative yoga & specialised sessions for racialised communities.
Offer a tailored anti-racist domestic abuse recovery programme for survivors of domestic abuse who experience racism. Courses are over a period of 12 weeks.
For disabled, neurodiverse, mentally ill and substance affected survivors:
Easy read version of service description and support service provision for LGBTQ+ survivors
Sussex Police, Pegasus scheme
If a person finds it hard to communicate with Police in an emergency situation, if you think this is suitable.
Trauma informed, low cost and domestic abuse specialist therapies
LGBT traveller Pride
Traveller Pride therapy fund, can provide up to 12 sessions free of charge. Currently the waitlist is full but they can make recommendations on good therapists.
Low cost therapy which helps support people to recover and increase their wellbeing. Long waiting lists.
Provides a helpline for male (and non binary) survivors of domestic abuse.
Database with a wide range of low cost and free therapies available. Some is free & specialized, some is generic. MindOut is specialised for LGBTQ people.
Free therapy for any non binary, male or intersex person who has had unwanted sexual experiences at any time in their life.