Mandating Inclusion: Critical Trans Perspectives on Domestic and Sexual Violence Advocacy
This research was supported in part by the Northwest Network of Bi, Trans, Lesbian, and Gay Survivors of Abuse.
Violence Against Women
In 2013, the Violence Against Women Act became one of the first federal laws to explicitly prohibit discrimination against transgender people, yet little is known about its impact in practice. This qualitative study draws on in-depth interviews with transgender people working in domestic and sexual violence advocacy organizations. Building on critical and intersectional perspectives, the findings suggest that the persistence of inequities for trans survivors are tied to the reliance on criminal legal responses, contingent access to gender-specific services, compliance-focused approaches to inclusion, operating theories of gender-based violence, and the diversion of responsibility to LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer) programs. This study highlights the participants’ recommendations for change.
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Jordan, S. P., Mehrotra, G. R., & Fujikawa, K. A. (2019). Mandating Inclusion: Critical Trans Perspectives on Domestic and Sexual Violence Advocacy. Violence against women, 1077801219836728.