Anti-Violence Publications

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]