National Baseline Assessment of Shelters on Serving Transgender Survivors

Do you work for a domestic violence agency?  Does your agency provide shelter?   If yes, we’d love to hear from you!

FORGE, a national transgender anti-violence organization that serves as a training and technical assistance provider for the Office on Violence Against Women, would like to invite you to be part of a national effort to improve shelter and housing services for transgender and gender non-binary survivors of domestic violence and other intimate crimes.

As part of this effort, we are conducting a National Baseline Assessment of Shelters on Serving Transgender Survivors.

We are seeking responses from a wide range of agencies who provide emergency shelter and temporary or transitional housing to individuals/families who have experienced domestic violence, intimate partner violence, partner abuse, or other intimate crimes.

You can take the survey here


The purpose of this assessment is to examine how shelters are currently serving transgender and non-binary survivors, begin to identify best practices, and determine where programs may need additional support to integrate transgender survivors into their housing programs.

We welcome multiple responses from individual agencies, recognizing that individuals may have unique perspectives, roles and knowledge.  We also encourage you to forward this survey <> to other professionals or agencies who provide shelter or housing to intimate partner violence survivors.

As you may know, transgender and non-binary individuals experience extraordinarily high rates of intimate partner violence, sexual violence, and other intimate crimes. Despite those victimization rates, trans survivors appear to be accessing services at a lower rate than other, non-trans survivors. This survey will help us and the Office of Violence Against Women better determine how we as a field can improve shelter and housing services for transgender survivors.  The survey also includes questions about your agency’s interest in specific types of training or technical assistance specific to transgender survivors.

Although the assessment requests information on the person completing the survey and the agency they are employed by so that we can pursue clarifications if needed, all data analyses and reported results will be anonymous, and will not disclose any individual or agency’s name, or denote any identifying information about an individual or agency respondent. Results will highlight trends, needs, recommendations, and directions for further examination.

Please share this survey with colleagues in the field.  The more responses we receive, the clearer the resulting picture will be. The deadline for participation is November 15, 2016.  If you have questions or comments about the survey, please send an email to AskFORGE [at] forge-forward [dot] org or call us at 414-559-2123.

This project was supported by Grant No. 2011-TA-AX-K121 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication/program/exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.