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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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The Intersections of Race and Immigration

The Intersections of Race and Immigration

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Transgender Intimate Partner Violence

Xavier L. Guadalupe-Diaz

Carolyn M. West

NYU Press

As in the cisgender intimate partner violence (C-IPV) literature, transgender IPV (T-IPV) is often presented as a one-size-fits-all phenomenon, where all transgender survivors experience the same IPV tactics and barriers to escape. Consequently, IPV victim service providers may falsely assume that most transgender survivors are white, native-born citizens. In reality, transgender survivors who are people of color, immigrants, and/or undocumented face a variety of unique IPV tactics and barriers to escape shaped by racism, xenophobia, language challenges, and fewer legal rights. This chapter reviews the still-emerging body of research on T-IPV and intersectionality, specifically the intersections of race and immigration, supplemented by studies on race and immigration in the C-IPV literature. Ultimately, this literature emphasizes the need for tailoring IPV victim services to the unique needs of various transgender subgroups.

Keywords:   transgender, people of color, race, ethnicity, immigration, intersectionality

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