We are determined to ensure that all members of our community are able to access safe and timely support. It can be difficult for individuals from marginalised communities to come forward, we aspire to break down those barriers and to create a space that celebrates diversity.
The centre has a LGBT friendly quality mark awarded by the LGBT centre in Lancashire.
The EDC recognises that anyone can experience violence, abuse and exploitation regardless of their sex, gender, race, ethnic or religious group, sexuality, class, or disability, however some women who experience other forms of oppression and discrimination may face further barriers to disclosing abuse and finding help.
The centre offers and operates predominatley women only services as we recognise the need for gender specific services. Women are more likely than men to experience multiple incidents of abuse, different types of domestic abuse (intimate partner violence, sexual assault and stalking) and in particular sexual violence.
Men who experience DV & A are supported by us through our partnership work and we offer community and based services to men and their families.
We can’t talk about diversity without recognising that oppression intersects, therefore white women experience abuse in different ways to women from BAME communities, and Trans women face additional barriers to accessing support.
All of our support services are open to Lesbian, Bisexual & Trans women and we offer support to all LGBT+ people.
All of our frontline staff have been trained in working with, and removing barriers for, LGBT+ people and our staff team includes members who are part of the queer community.
Trans and Non Binary people can experience domestic abuse from a same or opposite sex partner, and can do so regardless of the gender identity of either person. In some cases, abusers will use the process of ‘coming out’ or transition as an additional form of control. This can be particularly difficult where children are involved. Trans people can also experience abuse from family members. If someone experiences abuse from their family, this may occur after they have come out, during transition or when they enter into a relationship where either or both partners are Trans.
The EDC have a plan in place to increase specialist support to the trans and non binary community as evidence suggests that trans and non binary people are particularly vulnerable to abuse and encounter more barriers in accessing services.
If you identify as Trans / Non Binary, live in Lancashire and need support then you can contact the centre directly in confidence. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org