What can health providers and advocates do to alleviate anti-trans violence? What can we all do?

November 15th, 2019 by Graciela Olguin

This week (November 13th-19th) marks Trans Awareness week, an annually recognized week to highlight issues specific to the Transgender and Gender Non-conforming (Trans/GNC) communities. It is a week that culminates on November 20th, which is annually recognized as Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR). TDOR is a day to acknowledge those that we’ve lost to the persistent anti-trans violence within our society. To learn more, visit GLAAD’s webpages about Trans Awareness Week and TDOR.


Taking my first step into the field of violence prevention, I had a personal question about the meaning of “gender-based violence”. Surely, it must include folks that identify outside of the gender binary? When I started my position as Health Program Assistant at FUTURES, I was so excited to see resources specifically created for Trans/GNC communities, for my community. This week weighs heavily, and while the importance of remembrance …

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Family Violence Prevention and Services Act: 35 Years of Progress

October 10th, 2019 by

Only a generation ago, survivors of domestic violence had little in the way of institutional support. Law enforcement tended to treated acts of domestic violence as “private” or “family business.” Medical professionals were not trained to identify or support survivors seeking help, or to promote prevention. One survivor was asked about injuries in the emergency room, “Who did this to you?” and when she summoned the courage to say her husband hit her, her doctor replied, “You should learn to duck.” That survivor is now a doctor, and helps other providers understand the impacts of domestic violence, on both personal and public health. 

The enactment of the Family Violence Prevention and Service Act (FVPSA) in 1984 provided federal government resources to address domestic violence as a public health issue. The law has funded evidence-based interventions to support survivor health and safety,  along with programs to share these approaches among health …

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Street Harassment: Lurking in the Shadows of the #MeToo Movement

October 9th, 2019 by Maddie Gold
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I was cat-called for the first time when I was 14 years old. My face went red and my stomach flipped into knots. “Are my shorts too short?” I began to think. “Am I supposed to feel happy that some drunk man thinks I’m pretty?” And then the worst one: “Will I have to feel like this again?” The horrible truth is that I share a different version of the same story with many other girls and young women, and yes, only three years later, I have already felt like that again.

Street harassment is a type of sexual assault that is often not talked about. People deem it inevitable, something that will not stop simply because of its widespread nature, almost like an epidemic of an infectious disease.  A 2014 study by the SSH found that 65 percent of female respondents had experienced street harassment, whether it be cat-calling, …

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Telling a more complete story about child welfare

April 10th, 2019 by
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by: Heather Gehlert
original post on Tuesday, April 09, 2019

Gabriel Fernandez. Anthony Avalos. Zymere Perkins. Those are the names that immediately come to mind when I think about how the news media cover the child welfare system. All three were young boys of color and victims of extreme child abuse that resulted in their deaths. The media covered the details of their abuse in haunting detail, leaving images of each one seared in my mind.

The same is true for stories about domestic violence. Although the issue is underreported, when journalists do cover domestic violence, high-profile cases of individual survivors, like Janay Rice or Paula Patton, often dominate headlines. And in today’s digital age, coverage sometimes even includes video footage documenting the abuse.…

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January is National Slavery & Human Trafficking Prevention Month

January 14th, 2019 by
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An estimated 21 million people are trafficked globally at any given moment. This worldwide issue may seem like something we dismiss as, “This can’t happen here,” but trafficking can happen anywhere – in nail salons, restaurants, neighborhood homes, or local hotels.

According to the U.S. State Department, “Local communities face the realities and consequences of modern slavery, including weakened rule of law, strained public health systems, and decreased economic development, while traffickers profit from the exploitation of others.”…

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