There are still societal perceptions that gender based violence against the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) community only occurs as a result of hate crimes including corrective rape against gay men and lesbian or bisexual women.

However, victims of abuse within this community often find themselves suffering in silence as a result of the stigma attached in reporting same sex domestic violence.

Programme Director at the Forum for the Empowerment of Women (FEW) Jade Madingwane says reporting such a crime is often a daunting task for victims because of the secondary victimisation they receive at police stations.

She adds that the little to no support that victims receive from family members eventually leads to them enduring abuse, much to their detriment.

Madingwane has urged government and society at large to commit and show more seriousness in attending to different forms of abuse experienced by the LGBTI community.

Watch the video below for the full interview: