Archive for October, 2016

  • Gender-Integrated Shelters: Experience and Advice

    With the Violence Against Women Act’s new nondiscrimination provisions, more and more domestic violence shelters are considering expanding to serve all genders of survivors. Some shelters have housed male, transgender, and non-binary residents alongside non-trans women for years. How have they fared? What barriers did they have to overcome? What advice do they have for […]

  • National Baseline Assessment of Shelters on Serving Transgender Survivors

    Do you work for a domestic violence agency?  Does your agency provide shelter?   If yes, we’d love to hear from you! FORGE, a national transgender anti-violence organization that serves as a training and technical assistance provider for the Office on Violence Against Women, would like to invite you to be part of a national effort […]

  • ESPAVO Photo Shoot

    • Date: October 21st, 2016
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    About the Espavo Project The ESPAVO Project is a photographic and narrative project designed to increase personal healing and empowerment for trans, non-binary, and gender non-conforming individuals and loved ones who have experienced sexual violence, as well as offering strength and hope to the community. Participants work with a professional photographer FORGE has screened to […]

  • FORGE launches new victim services

    PRESS RELEASE: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE FORGE receives $72,668 in funding to provide new services and supports for SE Wisconsin transgender and non-binary victims of crime [Milwaukee, WI]– FORGE is initiating new services for SE Wisconsinites who are transgender or non-binary and who have experienced crime as a result of a new Victims of Crime Act […]

  • Shelter tipsheet #8

    DEALING WITH CONFLICT AND BIAS IN GENDER-INTEGRATED SHELTERS Trans-inclusion in Domestic Violence Shelters: Tipsheets for Providers Most conflict in gender-integrated shelters arises over issues that are universal in all shelters, such as conflicts over space or possessions, personality clashes, and so forth. That said, conflict that occurs due to gender-based bias, prejudice, and discrimination can […]

  • Shelter tipsheet #7

    TRANS-SPECIFIC SHELTER SUPPLIES Trans-inclusion in Domestic Violence Shelters: Tipsheets for Providers Any survivor may enter shelter with just the clothes on their back, without the supplies and resources they may use every day. For transgender and gender non-binary survivors, having access to specific supplies is not only important in maintaining a positive sense of self […]

  • Shelter tipsheet #6

    SAFETY MEASURES FOR GENDER-INTEGRATED SHELTERS Trans-inclusion in Domestic Violence Shelters: Tipsheets for Providers Gender integration provides an opportunity for a shelter to reassess and improve safety measures; at the same time, it’s important to be prepared to counter the illusion that integrating survivors of all genders inherently makes a shelter less safe. All survivors seeking […]

  • Shelter tipsheet #5

    CREATING TRANS-INCLUSIVE BATHROOMS IN SHELTERS Trans-inclusion in Domestic Violence Shelters: Tipsheets for Providers All people deserve to be able to access bathroom facilities without fear of harassment and violence, yet for transgender and gender non-binary people, bathrooms are frequently unsafe places. Creating trans-inclusive bathroom facilities is essential for integrating domestic violence shelter services for trans […]

  • Shelter tipsheet #4

    ADDRESSING CONCERNS FROM STAKEHOLDERS Trans-inclusion in Domestic Violence Shelters: Tipsheets for Providers When making the change to become a gender-integrated shelter, it is vital to be prepared for pushback and ready to respond appropriately, whether concerns come from staff or residents (who, according to gender-integrated shelters, are the most common sources of complaint), or board […]

  • Shelter tipsheet #3

    HOW SHELTERS PREPARE FOR GENDER INTEGRATION Trans-inclusion in Domestic Violence Shelters: Tipsheets for Providers Integrating people of all genders into a previously single-gender shelter may require shifting existing attitudes of shelter staff, as well as changing rules, policies, and procedures. Being proactive is key, rather than waiting until the first new residents arrive to make […]