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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 LGBTQ Community

Presented by: Prof. Todd Brower of the Williams Institute and Judge Elizabeth Berns

This webinar addresses some of the fundamentals about LGBTQ domestic violence, tactics of abuse, and proper judicial engagement with LGBTQ litigants.

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

Presented by: Prof. Todd Brower of the Williams Institute and Judge Elizabeth Berns

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.

Documents

  • Opens in new windowAccess to Juvenile Justice Irrespective of Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Gender Expression (SOGIE)

    In partnership with the National Juvenile Defender Center (NJDC) and the State Justice Institute (SJI), the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) released the bench card Access to Juvenile Justice Irrespective of Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Gender Expression (SOGIE), provides guidance on working with youth or other juvenile court participants that identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning, and gender non-conforming youth (LGBTQ-GNC). The card discusses factors that should be considered throughout a young person’s court involvement as well as unique considerations during specific stages of a case. The card highlights a need for ongoing training in this area and provides additional resources where judges can learn more about best practices.

  • Opens in new windowBridging the Gap: Strengthening LGBTQ Youth and Police Relations

    This report was written by the Queens Neighborhood Youth Justice Council composed of seven young people ages 14 to 19 who met twice a week for eight weeks at the Queens Youth Justice Center. The Council engages adolescents in Queens in public policy issues that affect young people. In the summer of 2015, the Council focused on community-level interactions between LGBTQ youth and police. Council members researched issues affecting LGBTQ youth and relationships and interactions between the youth and police officers.

  • Opens in new windowHomeless Not Hopeless: A Report on Homeless Youth and the Justice System in New York City

    This report presents the findings and recommendations of the Youth Justice Board, a youth leadership program that gives teenagers an opportunity to inform public debate about issues that affect them. During the 2016-17 school year, members examined the intersection between youth homelessness and the justice system in New York City in order to identify opportunities to better support homeless youth, reduce their interactions with the justice system, and prevent homelessness in the future. Recommendations in the report include policy changes to improve diversion programs and access to housing for homeless youth, and to increase support for LGBTQ youth in foster care.

  • Opens in new windowThe 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.