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Transgender Intimate Partner Violence: A Comprehensive Introduction

Adam M. Messinger and Xavier L. Guadalupe-Diaz


A growing body of research finds that upward of half of transgender people experience intimate partner violence (IPV)—psychological, physical, or sexual abuse in romantic and sexual relationships—in their lifetimes, and consequences can be severe. Despite this, the movement to end IPV has focused almost exclusively on cisgender individuals, resulting in many transgender IPV (T-IPV) survivors being underserved and overlooked by the very laws and victim agencies tasked with protecting survivors. Research has illuminated a variety of unique aspects of T-IPV regarding the predictors of perpetratio ... More

Keywords: transgender, gender nonconforming, nonbinary, intimate partner violence, domestic violence, transphobia, cisnormativity, abuse, transgender research

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Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781479830428
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2021 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479830428.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Adam M. Messinger, editor
Northeastern Illinois University

Xavier L. Guadalupe-Diaz, editor
Framingham State University

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Part I Introduction and Overview of Transgender Intimate Partner Violence

Part II Transgender IPV Context and Causes

4 “Why Don’t You Just Leave?”

Rayna E. Momen and Walter S. DeKeseredy

6 The Intersections of Race and Immigration

Xavier L. Guadalupe-Diaz and Carolyn M. West

Part III Best Practices in Transgender IPV Service Provision and the Law

10 Legal System Reform

Leigh Goodmark

Part IV Future Directions and Conclusions

11 Beyond the Gender Binary

Rebecca Howard, Sharyn J. Potter, Taylor Flagg, Mary M. Moynihan, and Zachary Ahmad-Kahloon