Violence against Lesbians
Unfortunately, lesbians are sometimes subjected to violence. This can be physical, sexual, psychological, but also structural violence that hurts a person’s body and soul.
We advise lesbian, bisexual and transsexual women on all forms of violence and discrimination.
In counseling it is important to us to uncover and expose hidden and subtle forms of violence, because this is the only way we can jointly develop effective strategies against it.
Violence among lesbians
Brochure "Violence in Lesbian Relationships", updated version
In 2013, LeTRa focused on “violence in lesbian relationships”. The first edition of this brochure was produced in this context. The second edition was revised and updated in 2019.
This brochure provides information about various forms of violence, legal bases, counseling services and options for taking the first steps out of violent relationships. Supporters can find suggestions here on how they can strengthen, support or confront friends.
Violence also occurs in lesbian and trans relationships.
Forms of violence can be:
• Physical violence, pushing, hitting, ...
• Psychological violence: threats of suicide, forced outing, verbal abuse
• Sexualized violence: unpleasant touch, forced sexuality
• Stalking: phone calls, cyberbullying, ambushing, ...
These forms of violence are still taboo. It is therefore still a particular challenge for affected women to talk about violence in their relationship.
LeTRa is part of the Munich support network for “women affected by violence”. If necessary, we can also arrange for lawyers, doctors or specialist positions, for example.
Of course, our specialists help with individual and couple counseling at LeTra. The content of the consultation can be:
• Recognize the dynamics of violence
• Communicate information
• Improve self-confidence
We offer clearing talks to lesbians/trans people who engage in violence themselves, and we are happy to put them in contact with another agency.
Of course, we also advise relatives and caregivers who, for example, suspect that violence is being committed in a relationship in their community. We also provide information for people who work with violence within relationships professionally and who want to deal more specifically with violence in same-sex relationships.