We are very happy and proud to be able to participate in the Bleeding Love project. It is a great opportunity for us to learn about the work of other organizations in the field of violence prevention but also to get to know our own reality and to raise the awareness around this subject in our local context, Portugal. There is not a lot of information available, with only a couple of small scale studies on domestic violence in lesbian couples having being held in the country. This lack of information can be perceived as a consequence of the homophobia and transphobia that still frames our cultural identity and local policies in so many ways, and we believe that this can impact on victims in a particular violent way. According to the LGBT Survey held by the European Fundamental Rights Agency, 55% of the enquiries in our country considered that discrimination towards lesbian women is fairly widespread and 71% that discrimination towards transgender people is very widespread. On the other hand, we have seen considerable advances in LGBT rights and this year, for the first time, a study on domestic violence in same sex couples (lesbian and gay) was commissioned by the national mechanism for equality (Comissão para Cidadania e Igualdade de Género), and the results, as well as a booklet and training sessions for professionals will be happening soon now. ILGA Portugal followed this process very closely, since we have a consulting chair in this commission, and we are looking forward to share the main outcomes with you as soon as they’re available. If you want to learn more or cooperate with us you can reach us at email@example.com.