Empowering. Healing. Connecting.
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Description of 10 2015-2018 events related to serving trans survivors of sexual and domestic violence.


This fast-paced training will encourage participants to expand their transgender vocabulary and conceptual framework(s), specifically in how they apply to transgender and gender non-conforming survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence. Attendees will increase their ability to fluidly and respectfully interact with and serve trans survivors and loved ones. Topics will include prevalence rates, barriers to accessing services, and unique issues facing both trans survivors and service providers. Specific attention will focus on the complex needs surrounding shelter, as well as the challenges and opportunities of rural service delivery with trans survivors. Participants will gain a deeper conceptual understanding of the challenges trans survivors face; how providers and systems can work to lower barriers to service and improve effective services to trans survivors and loved ones.


  1. Expand transgender vocabulary and conceptual framework.
  2. Deepen understanding of prevalence rates and barriers to accessing care for transgender survivors.
  3. List at least three ways of improving service delivery to transgender survivors.

Presenter Bio:

michael munson is the Executive Director of FORGE, a national training and technical assistance provider funded through the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women. Munson’s educational background is in psychology, with an emphasis on trauma-informed care and non-traditional healing modalities. His work on violence against transgender and gender non-conforming individuals stresses the intersectionality between complex components of identity, experience, and societal constructs that can both spur violence, as well as catalyze healing for individuals and communities. He is passionate about engaging professionals to embrace these complexities and learn key skills to better serve their clients.