Document Type

Dissertation/Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Criminology and Criminal Justice and University Honors

First Advisor

Gita Mehrotra

Abstract

While intimate partner violence (IPV) has become widely recognized as a prevalent social issue within recent decades, IPV continues to be conceptualized as an epidemic of male violence against women. This heteronormative understanding of intimate partner violence subsequently excludes queer and trans survivors of IPV, discursively, socially, and institutionally. However, the scarce literature that exists on this topic indicates that rates of queer and trans IPV are equal to, or greater than, rates of heteronormative IPV, and that access to advocacy resources is limited for this population. This study sought to identify the unique barriers LGBTQ survivors face, and to explore potential ways to modify current services so that they can adequately meet the needs of queer and trans IPV survivors. To accomplish this, direct service providers who work at LGBTQ-inclusive advocacy organizations were interviewed. Following a qualitative analysis of participants’ responses, several overarching themes emerged from the data. Providers placed the greatest emphasis on the issues of identity, community, existing domestic violence services, and recommended solutions. With these findings in mind, implications for applied practice and future research are provided.

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