Crossing the line: Lived experience of sexual violence among trans women from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse backgrounds in Australia

Project summary - RP.17.03

This multi-strand and multi-modal research examines the experiences of transgender life and sexual violence among transwomen from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds in Australia. It is crucial that, in our increasingly multicultural society, the voices and experiences of these women be heard in order to inform the development of responsive health policies and practices to optimise the wellbeing of this group. Data gathered will permit us to develop measures and interventions that can lead to actions to prevent sexual violence and improve services delivery to meet the needs of this vulnerable group in Australia. This project aims to:

  1. Explore the lived experience of being a transgender person among CALD transwomen.
  2. Examine the discourses of sexual violence among CALD transwomen.
  3. Investigate the experience of sexual violence among CALD transwomen.
  4. Identify strategies that CALD transwomen employ to deal with sexual violence in their everyday life and mechanisms that can promote their health and wellbeing.
  5. Compare the experiences of CALD transwomen with (a) non-CALD transgender women; (b) CALD cis-gender lesbian, bisexual and heterosexual women; and (c) non-CALD cis-gender lesbian, bisexual and heterosexual women.
  6. Use the voices of this marginalised group to inform culturally-sensitive prevention and responses to sexual violence experienced by transwomen in Australia.
  7. Develop resources for policy-makers and health providers for working effectively with CALD transwomen.


Project lead

Prof Pranee Liamputtong, Western Sydney University

Research expertise

  1. Prof Janette Perz, Western Sydney University
  2. Prof Jane Ussher, Western Sydney University
  3. Prof Virginia Schmied, Western Sydney University
  4. Dr Tinashe Dune, Western Sydney University
  5. Dr Brahm Marjadi, Western Sydney University

Practice expertise

  1. Dr Eloise Brook, The Gender Centre

Research partners

An advisory Committee and Stakeholder Engagement with national LGBTIQ and sexual violence stakeholders (e.g. policy experts with respect to sexual violence and/or LGBTIQ health and wellbeing) will assist in all stages of the research, including to contribute to identification of a final set key priorities, challenges and facilitators to guide the research.

Priority populations

Culturally and Linguistically Diverse women, lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex women (as explicit topic).

Project length

2+ years