Another LGBT charity is set to close – after domestic violence charity Broken Rainbow entered liquidation.
The charity provides the UK’s only national domestic violence helpline and support services tailored for the LGBT community.
Amid financial problems and uncertainty over government funding, the charity had repeatedly warned in the past few months that it could be at risk.
Despite the Home Office stepping up by providing further funding, it was confirmed this week that the charity would close regardless – with an insider blaming “major mismanagement” for the issues.
However, the charity’s work will live on – as other charities in the LGBT sector will take over its crucial services.
LGBT anti-violence charity Galop is set to take over running of the national LGBT Domestic Violence Helpline, while Stonewall Housing is also set to take on services.
Galop will remain the lead partner of The Domestic Abuse Partnership, which is the only specialist multi-agency community response to LGBT Domestic abuse.
Broken Rainbow has not released an official statement, but confirmed: “We are so grateful to Galop for saving a vital service and the Home Office for supporting this transfer.”
Galop exec Nik Noone said: “This is a vital service and it is important that those experiencing domestic violence in our communities have somewhere to turn when they need support.
“Galop has worked with all parties to make sure that support continues and there is no disruption to the delivery of this key service.”
Bob Green of Stonewall Housing added: “I am delighted that Broken Rainbow’s services will continue within Galop.
“As the lead organisation of the LGBT Domestic Abuse Partnership, Galop have ensured high quality services are delivered for LGBT people experiencing domestic abuse and that the emerging themes are considered by partners, providers, commissioners and decision-makers.
“I look forward to these services growing in the future under Galop’s direction.”
PACE, a London-based charity that worked since 1985 to provide mental health services for the LGBT+ community, closed earlier this year.
The LGBT Consortium, which represents a range of charities, warned that more investment is “badly needed” for LGBT services.
The National LGBT Domestic Violence Helpline will remain available on 0300 999 5428 or 0800 9995428.