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Survivors who identify as LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning) experience severe forms of discrimination when seeking help for domestic violence and sexual assault. Court systems often fail to take into account the unique vulnerabilities presented by LGBTQ cases, leaving room for batterers to continue methods of control and coercion even during criminal prosecution or with civil protection orders in place. In this area of the website, judges can find resources and information on how to address LGBTQ domestic violence and sexual assault in individual cases, and at the system level.

What Judges Need to Know about Domestic Violence in the Transgender Community

Presented by Prof. Todd Brower of the Williams Institute and and Judge Elizabeth Berns (King County Superior Court). This webinar addresses the dynamics of domestic violence in transgender relationships, transgender culture, tactics of control, and effective judicial response to trans survivors. This webinar also includes information on elevated vulnerability factors for trans litigants including suicidality.

What Judges Need to Know about Domestic Violence in the LGBT Community

Presented by Prof. Todd Brower of the Williams Institute and and Judge Elizabeth Berns (King County Superior Court). This webinar address some of the fundamentals about LGBT domestic violence, tactics of abuse, and proper judicial engagement with LGBT litigants.

  • The Tribal Equity Toolkit 2.0: Tribal Resolutions and Codes to Support Two Spirit and and LGBT Justice in Indian Country
    This  guide was a product of Lewis and Clark University, Basic Rights Oregon, the Pride Foundation and the Western States Center.  It is a comprehensive guide on ensuring LGBT equity in Indian Country, including examples and information on child custody and hate crimes.
  • Opens in new windowNorthwest Network
    The Northwest Network, was founded in 1987 in Washington state by LGBTQ survivors. It is now a nationally recognized organization which provides guidance and technical assistance for courts and professionals around the country on intimate partner violence in the LGBTQ community.
  • Opens in new windowFORGE
    Forge was first founded in 1994 to provide assistance to transgender individuals in Wisconsin, and later grew to provide national technical assistance and guidance on domestic violence and sexual assault, with a focus on transgender individuals. They are a excellent source of information on the unique response necessary to assist trans survivors.