Experiencing Abuse If you are gay, lesbian or transgender you may feel more vulnerable or afraid about disclosing abusive behaviour in your relationship because you will be worried about being taken seriously. Relationship abuse involves power and control. This could be physical, emotional, financial and sexual and may particularly involve using your sexual orientation, gender identity and relationship as a weapon. Intimate family members are capable of this abuse as well as intimate partners. The advocacy service has been put in place to support you in total confidence and provide information about other support available to you. Abuse in any relationship is wrong, don’t suffer alone, come and speak to someone.