About

This website and film has been developed as part of the LARS project, European project which aims to challenge the taboo that relates to domestic abuse in women-to-women relationships.

Partners in the project come from London (UK), Berlin (Germany), Vienna (Austria), Utrecht (Netherlands), and Stockholm (Sweden), and the project leader is based in Frankfurt (Germany).

The LARS research

The LARS research aims to discover how the taboo operates, and how it might be combated. Project partners have undertaken activities in three phases:

  • In phase one, partners explored whether the taboo exists, and how it operates. This involved interviewing leaders from the LBT communities, and thinking about what these communities look like in each country.
  • In phase two, partners researched the kind of awareness raising activities and interventions that already take place to challenge domestic abuse within heterosexual relationships. We considered where there were lessons that would be applied to raising awareness within the lesbian, bisexual and women’s communities.
  • In the final phase, each country looked at what had been learned in the first two phases, and created bespoke plans that would work in the context of their own country, to raise awareness and try to challenge the taboo.

You can find out more about the project, including reading research reports detailing methodologies and findings from previous phases, by visiting the LARS project website at www.lars-europe.eu.

The UK partner (Galop)

Galop is London’s LGBT community safety charity. We work to prevent and challenge homophobic and transphobic hate crime, domestic abuse and sexual abuse in Greater London. We reduce crimes against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, and campaign for an improved criminal justice system.

Galop started in 1982, and since then we have been a voice for change in London, working to make the police provide better services to our communities, whilst also providing LGBT people who have been the victim of crime with advice, support and advocacy services.

Galop is the lead organisation in the London LGBT Domestic Abuse Partnership. With our four other partners, we work to provide a package of services to LGBT people who have experienced domestic abuse. These include safety advice, help with the police and the criminal justice system, housing advice, emotional support and a survivor’s support group.

Find out more about Galop at our website www.galop.org.uk.

The film-maker

Jason Elvis Barker is an award winning filmmaker, comix artist, occasional stand up comedian, co-producer of Transfabulous and a programmer of the London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival. You can find out more about his work at www.jasonelvis.co.uk.

The project partners and other awareness raising activities

The LARS project is a collaboration between six different community organisations across Europe. You can find out more about each organisation by visiting the LARS website or by visiting the organisation’s own websites (some of which are not in English).

Each country has also developed their own awareness raising activities and which are detailed on the LARS website.

The project partners are:

  • Broken Rainbow e.V. (project leader, based in Frankfurt, Germany), which is a non-profit umbrella organization of lesbian, lesbian-gay and transsexual anti-violence projects (www.broken-rainbow.de).
  • Lesbenberatung (based in Berlin), which is the lesbian counselling centre in Berlin, and offers counselling and therapy across a range of perspectives and covering issues including domestic violence, racism, sexism, homophobia and transphobia (www.lesbenberatung-berlin.de).
  • RFSL (based in Stockholm) is the Swedish Federation for LGBT rights and RFSL is a non-profit organization that works with and for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people (www.rfsl.se).
  • • Taboe Kwadraat (based in Utrecht) is an organisation that specialises in research, training and advice on domestic violence in LGBT relationships (www.taboekwadraat.nl).
  • WASt (based in Vienna) is the Viennese antidiscrimination unit for lesbian, gay and transgender people. It is the only LGBT-unit in Austria within a public administration (www.queer.wien.at)

Funder

The project is funded by the DG Justice, Freedom and Security within the Daphne III programme, part of the European Commission.

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