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Coming Forward - The underreporting of heterosexist violence and same sex partner abuse in Victoria


Coming forward reports on the responses of 390 gay, lesbian, bisexual, transsexual and transgender
(GLBT) Victorians to an online survey asking them about their experiences of heterosexist violence and
same sex partner abuse. The survey also asked respondents questions about:

• Service access and quality when reporting incidents of abuse and pursuing cases through the
criminal justice system
• Their knowledge and use of Victoria Police Gay and Lesbian Liaison Officers (GLLOs), and
• Barriers and “incentives” to their reporting and seeking assistance following an incident of
heterosexist violence or same sex partner abuse.

The project was funded by the Victoria Law Foundation and managed through Gay and Lesbian Health
Victoria (GLHV) with assistance from Victoria Police.

ComingForwardReport.pdfComing Forward Report2.3 MBPDF
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William Leonard, Anne Mitchell, Sunil Patel, Christopher Fox
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