Publications & Resources

  • FAQ: Transgender Rates of Violence

    Data on transgender people is scarce and unreliable, as this FAQ explains, and is not critical to meeting survivors’ needs.  (Listening to and believing survivors is.)  However, some data on violence against trans people is given, along with key references.

  • FAQ: Universal Design

    Why modify services for such a small percentage of the population?  This FAQ explains how meeting the needs of transgender clients will automatically result in services that better meet the needs of many clients, transgender and non-transgender.

  • FAQ: Know and Tell Why

    Transgender and gender non-conforming people are frequently subjected to rude, curious, and/or insensitive questions, and so are often wary when accessing services.  Service providers can establish better rapport by ensuring they “know and tell why” answering a question will help the (transgender) client receive better-tailored service.

  • FAQ: Master Status

    It is human nature to categorize, but it often leads us to over-simplify.  Providing client-centered services requires a more complex view of who people are.  This FAQ describes the “Master Status” concept and gives common examples of the potentially inaccurate conclusions providers may jump to when working with transgender survivors of violence.

  • FAQ: Terms paradox

    Many people feel more comfortable when they have a list of terms and accompanying definitions. In fact, some people believe that knowing exactly what a set of terms means is a critical component of being culturally competent. FORGE takes a different approach….  Read more

  • FAQ: Who are trans people?

    Who are trans people? Transgender basics for victim service providers is a brief transgender 101 overview.  This fact sheet is the first in a monthly series that will help victim service providers understand more about the unique challenges and resilience of transgender survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking and hate violence.  

  • Fact Sheet Topics Overview

    Beginning in May 2012, a new monthly FAQ sheet for providers who work with survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking will be uploaded to this page.  These FAQ sheets are designed to be short, transgender-specific, and trauma-informed. May 2012 Who are transgender people? June 2012 Terms paradox July 2012 FAQ: Master […]

  • Gearbits – April 2012

    The latest version of Gearbits is now available. Topics include: Film: Genderf*kation (April 28, 2012 social support meeting) Open Discussion (April 28, 2012 social support meeting) Susan Stryker (April 24, 2012 in Milwaukee) Meeting Follow-ups (resources from February and March meetings) Being Trans in America (link to video of Kate Bornstein and Mara Keisling) EEOC […]

  • Gearbits – March 2012

    March 2012 Gearbits Content: Next meeting: What is community? (March 24, 2012) Film: We Who Are Sexy (April 5, 2012) Upcoming Trans Conferences Trans Family on NPR Guide to Serving LGBT Older Adults Flying while trans – TSA Facts Trans Books — Lambda Literary Award Finalists   or  

  • Creating a Trans-Welcoming Environment: A tips sheet for sexual assault service providers

    Creating a Trans-Welcoming Environment: A tips sheet for sexual assault service providers This brief, easy to read (and use) tip sheet is written specifically for sexual assault service providers who are working with a transgender or gender non-conforming client.  It is intended as an overview, a set of reminders, to ensure heightened sensitivity to the […]