Over 75 % Of Young Queer Australians Face Abuse From Parents, Authority Figures: Study

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01/24/2024

A recent study on the prevalence of domestic violence has unveiled concerning findings about the experiences of maltreatment among LGBTQI Australians. Trigger Warning: This story discusses abuse faced by young LGBTQI people and child sexual abuse, which might be distressing to some readers. For 24-hour crisis support and suicide prevention call Lifeline on 13 11 14. For Australia-wide LGBTQI peer support call QLife on 1800 184 527 or  webchat. Conducted by academics from various universities across the country, the research indicates that more than 75% of queer young individuals have reported instances of abuse and maltreatment perpetrated by their parents or other figures of authority. Headed by Professor Daryl Higgins, director of the Institute of Child Protection Studies at the Australian Catholic University, the research builds upon the outcomes of the landmark Australian Child Maltreatment Study (ACMS) conducted last year.

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