The role of social and professional support seeking in trauma recovery: lesbian, gay and bisexual experiences of crime and fears for safety

Ian Rivers, Kerri E. McPherson, John R. Hughes

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Lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) people are often victims of crime, hate crime or regularly fear for personal safety. Although very few LGB people report assaults or injury to law enforcement, many more are willing to seek counselling from mental health professionals. This article provides pilot data exploring the roles of multiple protective variables in reducing trauma symptoms, including willingness to seek counselling, among a UK sample of LGB victims of crime, who hate crime or who fear for personal safety.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)145-155
Number of pages11
JournalPsychology and Sexuality
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2010



  • lesbian
  • counselling support
  • psychology
  • gay and bisexual experiences
  • trauma recovery

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