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Transgender 101: Serving Gender Variant Crime Victims

March 20, 2013 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm


Transgender 101: Serving Gender Variant Crime Victims


Faced with a crime victim who is visibly gender variant or who describes themselves as transgender, many professionals feel confused, curious, or worried, and consequently alienate and/or offend the victim by asking inappropriate or offensive questions.  This workshop is designed to:  1) Demystify who is under the “transgender umbrella”; 2) Enumerate the various “components” of being transgender; 3) Discuss which components are and are not relevant to the various roles crime victim professionals play; and 4) Disseminate resources to support transgender crime victims and the professionals who serve them.  Additional experiential exercises will help participants understand the personal, interpersonal, and social dimensions of being transgender.



  1. Describe the “terms paradox” and its relevance to working with transgender victims of crime.
  2. Given their specific professional role, identify at least three components of being “transgender” that they do NOT need to ask of a transgender victim in order to properly serve the victim.
  3. Identify at least two questions they need to ask of any transgender victim of crime.
  4. Be able to articulate at least one way people may respond when they are asked to choose an identity box that doesn’t fit them.


michael munson

Conference Info:

Tennessee Coalition to End Domestic & Sexual Violence
Nashville, TN
March 19-21, 2013



March 20, 2013
11:30 am - 12:30 pm
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