Publications & Resources

  • FAQ: Safety Planning with Transgender Clients

    Safety planning for transgender and gender non-conforming survivors isn’t markedly different from safety planning with other survivors, but trans people may need to hear about it from a wider range of providers.  This FAQ outlines the major safety planning factors trans people need to hear about and lists some trans-specific items and considerations that should […]

  • FTM Post Mortem

    Whether one is “out” or not is a question that doesn’t end with death.  This article discusses the struggles faced by two widows as they tried to deal with the ramifications of their partners’ previous decisions to be publicly trans or not. (Originally published in ~2002)

  • FAQ: Transgender Day of Remembrance

    The transgender community remembers those it has lost to violence every November 20, the Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR).  This FAQ gives TDOR’s history and discusses who is at most risk of fatal violence and the characteristics of those most likely to perpetrate that violence.  It also defines “message crimes” and notes the needs of […]

  • Gearbits – October 2012

    The latest version of Gearbits is now available. Topics include: Transgender Day of Remembrance Call for Submission (more) October Social Support meeting (On Hold: Between Decision and Action) (more) November Social Support meeting (Narratives: Exploring, Creating, and Recreating Self-Concept) (more) Transgender Day of Remembrance Event (more) Film: “Facing Mirrors” (more) Films: “At Last: An Evening […]

  • 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.