A fast-paced, interactive day focused on improving skills for law enforcement, medical and forensic staff, advocates, therapists, campus and other victim service staff in effectively working with transgender survivors. The day will cover core concepts about who transgender and non-binary people are, prevalence rates and key data about victimization, federal protections and non-discrimination laws. Participants will learn about the implications of controversial present-day issues (such as anti-transgender legislation) and how first responders and victim service providers can become better allies and bystanders. The day will wrap up with a discussion of three broad barriers and what you can do to better serve transgender and non-binary survivors.
Building on day one, the curriculum will be geared more towards advocates, therapists, other staff working at sexual assault or domestic violence-focused agencies. Participants will gain trans-specific knowledge and skills about safety planning/harm reduction. Content will explore gender-integrated sexual assault support groups and the benefits for all genders of survivors. A deeper look at non-binary individuals will help attendees expand their working knowledge of a growing segment of the trans population that is disproportionately impacted by violence, including sexual assault, intimate partner violence, bullying, and hate-motivated crimes. The day will end with participants’ increased knowledge about what they can do to better serve trans and non-binary survivors, and where they can turn for additional resources and support.