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National Center for Victims of Crime – Poster Session

September 19, 2012 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Transgender Victims of Crime: Barriers to Service


Transgender and gender non-conforming individuals experience extremely high rates of victimization.  Data from two FORGE 2011 national studies (transgender individuals, n=1005; victim service providers, n = 310) — approved by the Morehouse School of Medicine Institutional Review Board — confirm that the majority of transgender individuals who have experienced violence have experienced more than one form of victimization (64-88%).  Despite the profoundly high rates of polyvictimization within the transgender population, victim service agencies report having served few or no known transgender survivors (95%).  Similarly, these studies indicate that transgender individuals face substantial barriers to seeking, accessing, and receiving culturally-responsive and -respectful care from victim service providers.  This poster session will present transgender respondents’ answers related to 14 specific types of crime victim services (e.g. rape crisis line, domestic violence shelter, emergency room care, crime victim compensation, support groups, etc.).  Data will include transgender peoples’ awareness of the type of service and if they would or would not access the service if needed.   Qualitative responses to why individuals would not access services were analyzed and assigned to 35 categories.   Primary study findings will be presented by each type of service, including the core barriers and concerns transgender people have identified about each.  Information about transgender-specific training and resources will also be included to enhance crime victim service providers’ ability to conduct more effective outreach to transgender victims and develop strategies to better address the service needs of this very stigmatized and victimized population.


Educational objectives:

  1. Readers will be able to list the top five reasons why transgender and gender non-conforming victims of crime might choose not to access specific types of victim services.
  2. Readers will be able to identify training and technical assistance resources that can help them lower barriers to transgender and gender non-conforming victims receiving culturally-aware services.


September 19, 2012
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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