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Prosecutor Guide to Best Practices in Cases with LGBTQ+ Victims of Domestic Violence, Sexual Violence, and Stalking

LGBTQ+ people experience intimate partner violence, sexual assault, and stalking at the same or higher rate as the general population. Transgender people and biseuxal women are at particularly high risk of being victimized by these crimes. Despite these elevated risks, LGBTQ+ victims face major barriers to justice. Prosecutors should strive to ensure that LGBTQ+ survivors have equal access to justice throughout the criminal process, beginning by educating themselves in best practices in working with and supporting LGBTQ+ survivors in their cases. 

Sections in this Guide include:

  • Terminology & Language
  • Inclusive Offices
  • Interviewing LGBTQ+ Victims
  • Name, Gender & Pronouns in Court
  • Preparing the Victim for Court
  • Privacy & Safety of Victims
  • Questions & Additional Support

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This project was supported by Grant No. 15JOVW-21-GK-02238-MUMU awarded by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.