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Violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation of LGBTQA+ people with disability: a secondary analysis of data from two national surveys

People with disability LGBTIQ+ Abuse Australia

This report presents findings from secondary analyses regarding respondents who reported having a disability or a long-term health condition from two national surveys. These surveys were: Writing Themselves In 4, which focused on the health and wellbeing of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer and asexual (LGBTQA+) young people aged 14-21 years in Australia; and Private lives 3, which focused on the health and wellbeing of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) adults in Australia. Both surveys were conducted late 2019 and collected data relating to a range of health and social experiences and included questions relating to disability.

In this report, Chapters 3 to 9 present findings from the above surveys with a focus on LGBTQA+ young people and adults who reported a disability. They engage with issues of significant concern for LGBTQA+ people with disability, including experience of acceptance and support following sexuality or gender identity disclosure, experiences of harassment or abuse, family or domestic violence and mental health. Where possible, the authors break down responses according to the type or nature of disability that was reported.

In Chapters 10 to 13, the author focus on intersectional populations to show how the responses of participants reporting disability to key questions vary by cultural background, area of residence, gender and sexual orientation.

Where possible, the authors have sought to situate the findings from this analysis within the broader literature on LGBTQA+ people with disability, noting that comparisons or related research is not always available. This is an emerging field of study, and in the final chapter, the authors make detailed recommendations regarding research that is required to better understand and meet the needs of LGBTIQ people with disability.

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