AV FAQ Sheets

  • 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 […]

  • Shelter tipsheet #2

    HOW SHELTERS DECIDE TO INTEGRATE ALL GENDERS Trans-inclusion in Domestic Violence Shelters: Tipsheets for Providers More than half of the gender-integrated shelters that FORGE interviewed in 2015 initially served only women and made the decision to become gender-integrated years later, with no mandate to do so. There are a number of different reasons for why […]

  • Shelter tipsheet #1

    WHY INCLUDE PEOPLE OF ALL GENDERS IN SHELTERS? Trans-inclusion in Domestic Violence Shelters: Tipsheets for Providers It is critical for victim service agencies to publicly counter the myth that only some survivors are worth believing and caring for. The reality is that organizations should be serving all victims. When a survivor is unable to access […]

  • Background Materials on Anti-Trans “Bathroom Bills”

    Many states and local jurisdictions are still considering banning transgender people from public bathrooms as a “sexual assault prevention” measure. This two-page list of web links collects most of what you might want to know, from general overviews of the issue and lists of where such bills are pending to studies of sexual predators and […]

  • Trans People and Bathrooms: Safety for All (Talking Points)

    We all have the right to feel safe. We also all need the right to use the public bathroom that matches our gender. Many federal laws and agencies protect these rights (for example, Title IX, VAWA, HUD, the EEOC and others), but there are still some people saying that transgender people will make public restrooms […]