1D Family Violence
Queer-specific Intimate Partner Violence and Family Violence Service Provision: A New Experience
We want to ask two questions in this paper: how not to leave queer people behind in service provision; and what the effects are of having queer-specific service providers for people experiencing family violence/intimate partner violence. First, we will ask the audience to imagine themselves as a queer person attempting to navigate their way through a particular point in the mainstream family violence system. What will people assume about you? What will they ask you? Will you feel safe to answer? How will you answer? What will people assume from your answers?
Through this interactive case study, we will provide the audience will a glimpse of this experience. We will go on to analyse the effects of providing a queer-specific service in family violence/intimate partner violence, through qualitative examination of queerspace’s own providing counselling, case work, case management and recovery support to individuals, people in relationships and families with children who are going through these experiences. Such services for queer communities are new, and we therefore provide a new window onto people’s differing experiences: we are learning more each day of people’s experiences of accessing mainstream services which is so often associated with having to do hard work to be recognised, accepted and provided with an appropriate service; and at the same time, we are gaining insight into the effects for clients and for those of us working within these services, of providing service for queer community by queer community.
Kate Foord is general manager of queerspace at drummond street services (dss), and dss is the lead agency of ‘with respect’, the Victorian LGBTIQ+ FV/IPV Service.