5 Online Resources to Help Domestic Violence Programs Offer Inclusive Services to LGBTQ People
The Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013, known as VAWA 2013, requires organizations that receive funding authorized by the act to provide mainstream services to survivors who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning (LGBTQ). We've rounded up some resources meant to help anti-violence programs provide inclusive services.
- In a July 2014 webinar, FORGE, a national support organization for the transgender community, and the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs, which works to end violence against LGBTQ people, give an overview of VAWA's nondiscrimination conditions.
- The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs hosts the National Training and Technical Assistance Center on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, & Queer Cultural Competency. There are recorded webinars as well as guides, brochures, and handouts.
- “Open Minds Open Doors: Transforming Domestic Violence Programs to Include LGBTQ Survivors,” by The Network/La Red, is a 134-page manual that covers gender-inclusive language, modifying intake forms, and providing shelter to individuals who identify as LGBTQ or gender non-conforming. You can request the free PDF by filling out a short online form.
- “Serving Transgender Survivors of Sexual and Domestic Violence” is a webinar presented by FORGE and the Nebraska Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence. In addition to providing basic information about the transgender population and transgender violence, the presenters also cover service barriers and steps organizations can take to become welcoming to transgender people.
- Service providers can use the information in “Proceed! LGBTQ Domestic Violence Legal Toolkit for Advocates” (PDF, 5.9 MB) to help LGBTQ survivors navigate the legal processes available to them.
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