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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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Best Practices in Shelter Provision

Best Practices in Shelter Provision

(p.202) 8 Best Practices in Shelter Provision
Transgender Intimate Partner Violence

Brian Tesch

NYU Press

Transgender individuals experience intimate partner violence (IPV) at rates similar to those of cisgender individuals. Despite this, many present-day emergency IPV shelters are ill-equipped to respond to the needs of transgender survivors, in part because of a historically gendered focus on how society understands IPV. This chapter begins by discussing how feminist IPV theory inspired how IPV shelters respond to abuse, and how this ultimately shaped how they (and society as a whole) viewed IPV. Next, the chapter discusses some of the current policies and practices that many mainstream IPV shelters use that may be cisnormative by focusing on the needs of cisgender survivors over the needs of transgender survivors. Finally, the chapter discusses some practical changes that IPV shelters can implement in order to help better assist transgender survivors of IPV.

Keywords:   transgender, intimate partner violence, IPV shelters, policies and practices, feminist theory, cisnormative, transphobic discrimination

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