Our Terms of Reference (30 July 2014)
Working together to end domestic and sexual abuse towards lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans* (LGBT*) people.
Language: Please note we use the term LGBT* to be inclusive of all intersex, non-binary, queer and questioning sexualities and spectrum of gender identities. LGBT* people may also identify with other protected characteristics including age, class, deaf/disability, HIV status, gender, race, religion, marital status, parent/carer responsibility.
The term domestic abuse is defined as:
“Any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are or have been intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality. This can encompass but is not limited to the following types of abuse:
Controlling behaviour is: a range of acts designed to make a person subordinate and/or dependent by isolating them from sources of support, exploiting their resources and capacities for personal gain, depriving them of the means needed for independence, resistance and escape and regulating their everyday behaviour.
Coercive behaviour is: an act or a pattern of acts of assault, threats, humiliation and intimidation or other abuse that is used to harm, punish, or frighten their victim.” This definition, which is not a legal definition, includes so called ‘honour’ based violence, female genital mutilation (FGM) and forced marriage, and is clear that victims are not confined to one gender or ethnic group.
It exists to provide individuals and organisations with support to develop, implement and improve services for LGBT* people who have experienced domestic abuse.
LGBT DAF recognises that LGBT* people experience multiple forms of discrimination and will search, challenge and eradicate injustice where it is found.
LGBT DAF will help develop closer links between participating individuals and organisations, in order to improve the options available to clients as the services available in both the specialist and generic domestic abuse sector become clearer.
LGBT DAF is a bridge between both specialist and generic services. The forum will function as a problem-solving and enabling resource for its members.
LGBT DAF will have a role in helping to raise the profile of the issue of LGBT* domestic abuse among members and sharing information on policy developments at a local, pan-London and national level as appropriate.
LGBT DAF will promote the value of listening to survivors’ voices and where possible, promote experts by experience in all areas.
To influence the development of effective policies and commissioning to support good practice and help improve safety
To support the development of an effective, coordinated, multi-agency response to LGBT* domestic abuse
To increase public awareness of the specific issues faced by LGBT victim/survivors of domestic abuse
To increase professional awareness of front line, mainstream and LGBT specialist services about the specific issues faced by LGBT victim/survivors of domestic abuse
To improve the accessibility of services for LGBT* victim/survivors and perpetrators of domestic abuse
To support research of current levels of LGBT* domestic abuse and service provision
To provide networking and learning opportunities for LGBT* DAF members
To promote good practice and challenge inappropriate or unsafe practice
To promote the inclusion and participation of LGBT* victim/survivors in the development of existing and new and services and organisations
To influence local, pan-London and central government policy with regards to LGBT* domestic abuse
Collaboration: Sharing knowledge and best practice is at the core of LGBT DAF
Diversity: LGBT DAF celebrates diversity and also recognises that domestic abuse may affect different LGBT people differently. LGBT DAF will proactively work with, learn from and support other equalities organisations working within the field of domestic abuse and will ensure that our work is based on an equality framework
Quality: LGBT DAF will strive to provide a professional and high quality service, be an effective communicator and ensure that the forum continues to learn and develop
Efficiency: LGBT DAF are committed to sharing expertise and experience to develop services that are both cost effective and improve efficiency in the delivery of services to LGBT* victim/survivors
The Coordinator: Maria Sookias. Currently a part time paid position, line managed by Bob Green: CEO Stonewall Housing. The coordinator coordinates activities and events relating to the work of LGBT DAF.
The Advisory Group Current Membership is as follows. Hamida (Nia) Luke (Solace) Emily (Solace – Rape Crisis) Marianna (Rape CrisisEngland) Peter (Galop) Sarah (Galop) Catherine (Galop) Wendy / Mark/Jo(Broken Rainbow) Harri ( Activist) Bob (Stonewall Housing) Andy (Stonewall Housing) Tina (Stonewall Housing) Camille / Dorrett (Imkaan) Cath (SBHA) Sarah (BrightonTrans Pride) Jack (Rainbow Hamlets ) Andy (Roar-Stonewall Housing) Mark (Rise)
Advisory group members are invited to attend three meetings a year. Membership of the advisory group if reviewed annually.
There is currently no fee for participating as a member but LGBT DAF reserves the right to levy a charge which shall not exceed administration costs.
LGBT DAF specific round tables are invitation only events on specific issues where there is a highly specialist interest, or a common consensus on recommendations has yet to be reached.
The Advisory group meet three times a year and act in an advisory capacity to support the project development. The advisory group may be asked to participate in developing shared guidance, research, events, publicity as might be appropriate
LGBT DAF recognises that some products developed as part of the shared work of the forum could be commercially beneficial. Any products or resources developed by LGBT DAF should not be sold or shared for individual’s personal or their own organisation’s gain without prior agreement.
Revenue received by Stonewall Housing for work carried out by LGBT DAF, would be reinvested in the LGBT DAF Project.
LGBT DAF requests that members of the advisory group should act in the best interests of the forum and seek to promote the LGBT DAF where possible and disclose conflicts of interest at each meeting.
Full day events will be charged on a sliding scale, the rate to be fixed annually by the advisory group.
Communication between events will be via facebook, twitter, website, mailing list and Linkedin LGBT DAF group