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Support for the LGBTQ+ community

We recognise that the LGBTQ+ community face a higher risk of domestic abuse and sexual violence and can face additional barriers to support. First Light’s inclusive services are available to everyone regardless of gender or sexuality.

Support for the LGBTQ+ community

We recognise that the LGBTQ+ community face a higher risk of domestic abuse and sexual violence and can face additional barriers to support. First Light’s inclusive services are available to everyone regardless of gender or sexuality.

All of our services are available to everyone, and we also offer specialist support if you’re a member of the LGBTQ+ community, with two specially trained staff members who understand your specialist needs and break down barriers to help you share your experiences of domestic violence.

Working in partnership with the Intercom Trust, our LGBTQ+ Independent Domestic Violence Advisor (IDVA) helps support the specialist needs of the LGBTQ+ community in Cornwall and in Devon.

We also have a specially trained LGBTQ+ Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA). An ISVA is there to guide you through criminal justice proceedings, and our LGBTQ+ ISVA will provide specially tailored support and help signpost you to other specialist services to help you work through what you’ve experienced.

Thank you for always supporting me with my own decisions, but mostly thank you for listening to my story.”

Other support available:

Galop is a national charity supporting LGBT+ people who have experienced abuse and violence. 0800 999 5428

akt supports LGBT+ young people aged 16-25 who are facing or experiencing homelessness or living in a hostile environment.

Mindline Trans+ is an emotional and mental health support helpline for anyone identifying as transgender, non-binary, genderfluid. 0300 330 5468

LGBT Foundation is a national charity delivering advice, support and information services to lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) communities.

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About First Light

First Light is a charity supporting people in Cornwall, Devon and Wiltshire who have been affected by domestic abuse and sexual violence.

Children and young people support

Working with our partner agencies, including the NSPCC & Barnardos, we’ll make sure that you and your child receive the highest level of care and support.

Get help

If you or someone you know have experienced domestic abuse or sexual violence it can be difficult to know where to turn. First Light is here to help.