Conversations on intimate partner violence in queer relationships

Sunday, 18 October 2020 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm
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Content warning: Please be aware that this episode contains descriptions and discussions of intimate partner violence, psychological abuse, family violence, domestic violence, physical violence, queerphobia, and mental health issues. If this is a trigger for you, please contact Lifeline (13 11 14), Switchboard Victoria (1800 184 527), or contact your state-based service.


In this episode, we discuss intimate partner violence in queer relationships from professional and lived experience perspectives.


Michele speaks with Karen Field, CEO of Drummond Street Services and Queerspace, and a partner of WithRespect.  We discuss intimate partner violence in the context of queer relationships, why it occurs, and what resources people can access, especially during a global pandemic.


Niveen speaks with queer performance artist *Anonymous, about her personal account of experiencing intimate partner violence in her relationship and its continuing effects and impact on her life.

*Anonymous has requested that she remains unidentified for this conversation.



Intimate relationships: Signs of respect, Archer online article, where Karen Field discusses intimate partner violence.


Undercurrent Victoria, a non-profit organisation focused on community education, building healthy relationships, and challenging the attitudes, beliefs, and actions that enable violence, with an emphasis on intimate partner/family violence, violence in LGBTIQ+ relationships, and gendered violence.


Queerspace - iHeal - a program that provides support and services to survivors of intimate partner and family violence who are no longer in crisis.


WithRespect, a specialist LGBTIQ+ family violence service in partnership between Queerspace/Drummond Street Services, Transgender Victoria, Thorne Harbour Health, and Switchboard Victoria.