Manchester became the first city to introduce official recording of domestic violence in the LGBT community, with a six month trial starting this month.
Previously, sexual orientation was not recorded in reports of domestic violence, which, according to Broken Rainbow, may affect a quarter of LGB relationships and four out of five Trans relationships.
Greater Manchester Police (GMP) began introducing a new code to report domestic violence in the LGBT community from Monday 6 June in an effort to combat the under-reported crime.
Detective Chief Superintendent Vanessa Jardine from GMP said: “This is another strong step in the right direction in dispelling some myths and gives people the confidence to report crimes in the knowledge that it will be dealt with appropriately – we want to encourage victims and friends and family of victims to report the issue and have the confidence to come forward”.
GMP developed the code alongside Broken Rainbow, who support domestic abuse victims in LGBT relationships, and the LGBT Foundation, with over 200 officers given training.
Emma Baldry, Training Co-ordinator at Broken Rainbow, undertook the training with GMP officers.
She said: “I was incredibly proud to be able to deliver this important training and was really encouraged by the positive comments and input from the officers taking part.
“I’m confident that having this code in place will give us all a truer reflection of reporting of domestic abuse within LGBT relationships”.
Lord Mayor of Manchester Councillor Carl Austin-Behan, who last month became the country’s first openly gay Lord Mayor, said the move would bring confidence to victims of domestic violence.
He added: “This is a huge step forward for British policing, and Greater Manchester Police is demonstrating real leadership by being the first force in the country to identify LGBT domestic abuse and violence”.