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Intersections of Transgender Rates of Intimate Violence and Health Disparities (SUNY-Spectrum)

June 19, 2018 @ 10:45 am - 12:00 pm

Conference: 2018 SPECTRUM CONFERENCE Preventing and Responding to Violence Against the LGBTQI+ Community

Workshop description: A growing body of research highlights high rates of sexual and domestic violence within transgender populations. Coupled with these increased rates of singular- and poly-victimization are negative health implications, including disproportionately elevated rates of depression and suicidality, HIV, substance use/abuse and more. Transgender-specific barriers to care due to poverty, insurance transgender exclusions, stigma, and provider lack of education or overt discrimination, result in transgender survivors of violence of all ages living with both poorer health and the long-term effects of trauma.

Transgender individuals, communities, and issues have become more visible in mainstream media, in political discourse, and within healthcare communities in the past several years. In just the past decade, there have been at least 11 federal laws that have expanded protections and non-discrimination conditions based on gender identity or gender expression, in addition to state, regional, and local legislation that provide protection to transgender individuals. More and more professional organizations are also creating policies, protections, and guidelines for disciplines to follow in order to provide better care and services to transgender clients and communities.

While popular discussion and legal protections can be very important to beginning dialogues and to protecting rights, many health and victim service providers benefit from digging deeper into current research, intersectional statistics, and best practices.

Dynamically presenting transgender-specific victimization data can help providers across many disciplines integrate the wide-ranging health, social, and wellness implications for not only transgender individuals impacted directly by intimate violence, but the communities within which they live, and the broader mainstream community as well.

Participants will leave with concrete strategies for improving services to transgender individuals and communities through a deeper understanding of both quantitative and qualitative data.

Presenter: Loree Cook-Daniels


June 19, 2018
10:45 am - 12:00 pm
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