Transgender Survivors of Domestic Violence and Other Crimes – Working with Providers
In 2011, FORGE was awarded a 3-year grant from the Office on Violence Against Women to provide training and technical assistance to professionals who work with victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and dating violence. We are delivering monthly training webinars and monthly fact sheets designed to increase providers’ knowledge of transgender people and issues, and to improve their ability to provide respectful and culturally-competent care to survivors of those four crimes. We will also be sponsoring a national conference on these topics in 2013.
FORGE is also a partner in the LGBT training and technical assistance resource center funded by the Office on Violence Against Women and led by the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP). Currently, FORGE is working with the Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault to develop policies and procedures that will enable their member organizations to better serve LGBT survivors.
Transgender Sexual Violence Survivors – Working with Providers
In 2009, FORGE was awarded a 3-year grant from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) to help professionals better serve transgender survivors of sexual violence. The original agreement called for the development and publication of five articles – Transgender 101; Transgender Sexual Violence Survivors; Outreach to Transgender Communities; Health Care for Transgender Sexual Violence Survivors; and a Decision-Making Rubric for asking appropriate and avoiding inappropriate questions of transgender survivors. This list changed and expanded to 11 publications, which are now pending OVC approval. We have also developed, broadcast, and archived three training webinars – Transgender 101, Transgender Sexual Violence Survivors, and Making Your Agency Trans-Friendly. The project also selected four communities for a demonstration project to develop provider/transgender community coalitions to develop and implement work plans designed to lessen the gap between transgender sexual assault survivors and mainstream providers, and develop a Replication Guide. Throughout the three years, FORGE has also provided individualized technical assistance to service providers who work with transgender clients.
Transgender Sexual Violence Survivors – Working with Survivors
Also in 2009, FORGE was awarded a 3-year grant from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women to provide direct services to transgender sexual violence survivors. This project has underwritten a peer support listserv for transgender primary and transgender/SOFFA secondary survivors of sexual violence, development and dissemination of a brochure designed to educate and link transgender survivors of sexual violence, and multiple workshops for survivors at transgender conferences. We also successfully piloted an online version of our Writing to Heal series for survivors. Still in development are four publications: A Self-Help Guide for Transgender Sexual Violence Survivors, A Guide for SOFFAs of Transgender Sexual Violence Survivors, A Guide to Finding a Trans-Savvy Sexual Violence Therapist, and a Facilitator’s Guide for leaders of transgender support groups.
National LGBT Policy Development
Despite what some critics say, the Obama Administration has spearheaded a radical shift in the federal government’s attitude toward and interest in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) population. FORGE is proud to be a member of two coalitions working to improve federal policies and develop federal projects concerning LGBT people. The New Beginning Initiative at http://www.thetaskforce.org/newadmin/newbeginning_intro.html is a coalition of LGBT organizations working directly with the Obama Administration to make the most of policy options that do not involve going through Congress. The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs is working on both legislative and Administration initiatives designed to improve services to LGBT victims of violence and crime.