Ben Bjarnesen

LGBTIQ Domestic Violence 
Campaigner  |  Educator  |  Speaker 

Ben's Story

Ben is a surviving victim of domestic violence who after over 2 years of physical, verbal and psychological abuse, gained the courage to flee from the abusive relationship he felt so trapped in.  He is now a committed campaigner, educator and speaker, raising awareness
and fighting for improved services for LGBTIQ victims and survivors.  Ben is aligned with
several charities and organisations, including DV Connect, the Queensland Council for LGBTI Health, MATE Bystander Program and Australia Says NO MORE.

In 2016, Ben received a fellowship from the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust which allowed him the opportunity to travel to the USA, Canada, England, Scotland and the Netherlands to research ways in which Police forces can enhance the way they respond to domestic violence in LGBTIQ communities. 

Ben shares his experience of Domestic Violence as part of the 

Queensland Government LGBTIQ Domestic & Family Violence Campaign

For more information on the campaign click here


Ben strives to educate others about the complexities of domestic violence in LGBTIQ communities and also the potential barriers LGBTIQ people may face when accessing police and support services as both victims and perpetrators.

Ben has delivered a number of key note speeches and conducted training sessions about domestic violence in LGBTIQ communities both nationally and internationally and is recognised as a leader in this field. 




One Step Better



ABC News 

Pride in Law

Churchill Fellowship

LGBTI Roundtable

Gay News Network

Star Observer


Gay News Network

Ben hope's this video will enhance the public perception of LGBTI+ officers and allow the community to see the positive work they do inside and outside the QPS.  The video demonstrates how police come from all different walks of life and how officers with diverse backgrounds positively contribute to the way in which we serve the community.


"Ben is highly motivated and courageous in speaking up and leading to show respect for people of diverse and marginalised backgrounds.  He is open minded, inclusive and pragmatic in his approach to community development and seeks to understand others rather than treat them with prejudice.  He is not shy to tackle difficult social issues and stand up for a safer, respectful community.  I am inspired by his devotion and commitment to helping others.  I believe he has a lot to offer in effecting positive change"
Dr Wendell J. Rosevear OAM

“Ben was extremely engaging, and content was spot on for what I need to transfer on myself. Thank you for sharing your personal experiences and being open and honest. You are an inspirational, courageous man” 

“Brilliant, thank you so much for sharing your personal story, it brings such a humanistic approach.  The information presented was a great introduction to DV in LGBTI Communities and the information will be able to be directly applied to our work, thanks!”