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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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Theorizing on the Roots of Transgender Intimate Partner Violence

Theorizing on the Roots of Transgender Intimate Partner Violence

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Transgender Intimate Partner Violence

Adam M. Messinger

NYU Press

Intimate partner violence (IPV) prevention education, batterer intervention programs, and victim treatment services are often designed in part to help participants identify and undermine the causes of IPV so as to facilitate rehabilitation and limit future perpetration. Thus, understanding the causes of transgender IPV (T-IPV) is of vital importance to ending it. By drawing on both the T-IPV and the broader cisgender IPV research literatures, this chapter reviews emerging theories of the causes of T-IPV. These theorized causes include many that also have been identified in the cisgender IPV literature—including rationalizing abuse, socialization into IPV-condoning attitudes, and power imbalances—in addition to several causes unique to T-IPV, including transphobia-related perpetration theories and transphobia-related victimization vulnerability theories. Supporting evidence for and gaps in our knowledge about these causes also are reviewed.

Keywords:   transgender, intimate partner violence, cause, predicting, risk factors, theory

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