Archive for the ‘All Publications’ Category

  • Healing From Trauma (compiled)

    The vast majority of trans and non-binary individuals have experienced violence, abuse, or crime in their lifetime.  These kinds of traumas can leave scars that may last a long time.  It is never too late to begin or continue healing. Remember: It wasn’t your fault You deserve to be treated with respect All of your […]

  • Bathrooms Resources (compiled)

    All people deserve the right to use the bathroom that aligns with their gender.  Unfortunately, all too often, trans and non-binary people are denied access to public restrooms through legislation or by individuals who decide to police entry. These unjust practices make it difficult for trans people to simply go about their daily lives. Did […]

  • Part of the Solution: Gender-Integrated Sexual Assault Support Groups

    A practical guide for support group facilitators, therapists, and decision-makers Sexual assault survivors derive many benefits from participating in support groups. Unfortunately, current widespread practices of holding only single-gender support groups deprive many transgender, non-binary, and male survivors of opportunities to benefit from these core services. FORGE surveyed and interviewed dozens of facilitators to identify […]

  • Sheltering Gender Non-Binary Individuals: Providing Welcoming Services

    Non-binary people – individuals who do not identify as either female or male – now make up the largest segment of the transgender population, and yet are the least discussed or understood. Even more troublesome, new federal requirements to provide non-discriminatory services give limited guidance on how to serve non-binary individuals if the services offered […]

  • Sheltering Transgender Men: Providing Welcoming Services

    After a short description of who transgender men are and what they have experienced related to intimate partner violence and shelter, this document addresses new federal legal requirements for serving and/or providing comparable services to transgender men. Specific how-tos concerning placement, names and pronouns, documentation, safety and respect concerns, confidentiality, sleeping arrangements, dressing/disrobing, room decoration, […]

  • Sheltering Transgender Women: Providing Welcoming Services

    This publication begins with succinct background information on transgender women and their experiences with intimate partner violence and with shelter. It covers new federal legal requirements for serving transgender women, and then provides specific how-tos concerning placement, names and pronouns, documentation, safety and respect concerns, confidentiality, sleeping arrangements, dressing/disrobing, bathrooms and showers, and hormone medications. […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]