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Transgender Intimate Partner ViolenceA Comprehensive Introduction$
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Adam M. Messinger and Xavier L. Guadalupe-Diaz

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781479830428

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479830428.001.0001

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Tactics and Justifications of Abuse Involving Transgender Individuals

Tactics and Justifications of Abuse Involving Transgender Individuals

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Transgender Intimate Partner Violence

Xavier Quinn

NYU Press

The tactics and justifications for intimate partner violence vary depending on the identities of those involved. Emerging research points to a variety of unique IPV tactics used against transgender people (e.g., threats of outing, controlling access to hormone medications and gendered clothing, transphobic verbal abuse, etc.) and by transgender abusers (e.g., nonconsensually using a partner's financial resources to pay for the abuser's transition-related health care). Research also highlights unique justifications stated by abusers of transgender victims (e.g., claiming that “real” men always want sex), as well as justifications stated by transgender abusers of cisgender victims (e.g., claiming that the abuse is an involuntary reaction to the stress the transgender abuser experiences due to societal transphobia). This chapter examines T-IPV tactics and justifications through the lens of the existing research literature and a survivor's personal account.

Keywords:   transgender, intimate partner violence, tactics, transphobia, justifications

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