Authors: Marie August, Kate Foord
Event: 2018 TheMHS Conference
Subject: Respecting Lived Experience: LBGTIQ Service Provision in Family and Intimate Violence
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: There is greater recognition now of the importance of lived experience in the provision of responsive and appropriate service delivery. queerspace at drummond street services has a lived experience workforce: clinicians, case workers, peer workers, community development workers and researchers, all of whom have lived experience of the systemic and personal effects of being LGBTIQ in our society and communities. In 2017, drummond street services became the lead agency in a consortium providing LGBTIQ specialist integrated family violence services, ranging from prevention, early intervention, crisis and recovery to people in queer communities experiencing family violence or intimate partner violence. Alongside this service, we have workers who are both queer-identified and have a lived experience of family violence or intimate partner violence, and these workers are providing support in the recovery process. We will speak to the question of what difference it makes to have a lived experience workforce at the intersection of queer and family violence/intimate partner violence.