articles | Summer 2008
Domestic violence in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) communities is an often ignored, sometimes confused, and rarely discussed problem. For the LGBT communities fighting for equality and the legitimization of their relationships, it can be difficult to admit that battering occurs. Many traditional models for addressing domestic violence assume intimate partners are heterosexual and omit reference to LGBT victims or craft solutions that fail to account for the impact of sexual orientation or gender identity. Some advocates and organizations may not know how to even begin to talk about the issue because of a lack of familiarity with the language or culture of the LGBT communities. Civil legal practitioners may want to help with the issue, but find that few, if any, civil legal remedies exist for LGBT clients. Read more . . .
The domestic violence prevention and services community is an important partner in creating safer communities for transgender people. Over the last decade, individual advocates, organizations, and associations have made great progress in improving access to services and prevention programs for transgender people and their partners. At the Transgender Law Center, we provide direct legal services to transgender individuals and their family members in California and technical assistance to attorneys serving transgender clients throughout the United States. Read more . . .