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Sheltering Transgender Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence

1. Reports from the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs show that which of the following trans women consistently report higher rates of hate-motivated violence than other trans people and than non-trans LGB people?

A. American Indian

B. African-American

C. Asian

D. Latin@


2. The widespread cultural belief that shelters only serve women, as well as the common practice of agencies only accepting non-trans women into shelters, results in many trans survivors of IPV being hesitant, if not fearful, or accessing emergency housing.

A. True

B. False


3. A trans woman’s stated gender identity is all that is needed to place her in a sex-segregated shelter.

A. True

B. False


4. Trans survivors should be asked which of the following by agencies?

A. If they are taking hormones?

B. If they have had surgery of any type?

C. How long they have been living as a woman?

D. None of the above.


5. A trans woman may have which of the following specific safety concerns about entering shelter?

A. She may be worried that she will not have adequate bodily privacy.

B. She may be worried that information about her gender history, body, name, or medications will be disclosed without her consent.

C. She may be worried that she will be harassed or discriminated against because of her transgender status or history.

D. All of the above.


6. Disclosing a person’s transgender status or history does not violate confidentiality.

A. True

B. False


7. A trans woman’s shared room assignment in an all-gender shelter should be based on:

A. The self-identification of her gender.

B. Her surgical status / body.

C. Documentation markers / name or gender on driver’s license.

D. All of the above.


8. In larger shelters or housing facilities that are open to all genders, it is recommended that at least one bathroom be designated as unisex or gender neutral.

A. True

B. False


9. Housing transgender survivors costs a substantial amount of money and requires many logistical shifts.

A. True

B. False


10. Shelters should have clear policies on how to handle bias, harassment, discrimination, and violence in which of the following ways?

A. Policies should be in writing and all staff should receive training to both familiarize themselves with the policies and to be able to enforce / uphold them.

B. Policies should specifically cover both sexual orientation and gender identity.

C. Nondiscrimination policies should be visibly posted in the shelter and/or a copy given to every resident so each person is aware that discrimination will not be tolerated.

D. All of the above.


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