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Violence against women and their children affects everybody. It impacts on the health, wellbeing and safety of a significant proportion of Australians throughout all states and territories and places an enormous burden on the nation’s economy across family and community services, health and hospitals, income-support and criminal justice systems.

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ANROWS host activities as part of its knowledge transfer and exchange (KTE) work, including public lectures, workshops and research launches. Details of upcoming ANROWS activities and news are available from the list on the right.

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ANROWS was established by the Commonwealth and all state and territory governments of Australia to produce, disseminate and assist in applying evidence for policy and practice addressing violence against women and their children.

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To support the take-up of evidence, ANROWS offers a range of resources developed from research to support practitioners and policy-makers in delivering evidence-based interventions.


RP.17.03

Crossing the line:
Lived experience of sexual violence among trans women of colour from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds in Australia

Completed
June 2020

This research set out to increase understanding of the lived experience of being a trans woman of colour living in Australia, in relation to gender transitioning and experiences of sexual violence.


Using a sequential mixed methods design, and a feminist intersectional approach, the research design, data collection and analysis, and outcomes from the findings were underpinned by principles of integrated knowledge translation. This included input from an advisory group and stakeholders drawn from the trans community. Using a large comparative survey, the research situates trans women of colour’s lived experience of sexual violence within the range of sexual violence experienced by other women, including lesbian, bisexual and queer women, and heterosexual women.

This research highlights that the experiences and needs of trans women in relation to sexual violence remain poorly understood by many healthcare providers, legislators, police and policymakers, with the experiences and needs of trans women of colour being the least understood. The absence of culturally competent information and knowledge about transgender experience, accompanied by misinformation, can lead to stigma, prejudice and discrimination, resulting in unmet health and justice needs for trans women.


Researchers

Project Lead

Prof Jane M. Ussher, Western Sydney University

Chief investigators

Dr Alex Hawkey, Western Sydney University

Prof Janette Perz, Western Sydney University

Prof Pranee Liamputtong, Western Sydney University

Dr Brahmaputra Marjadi, Western Sydney University

Prof Virginia Schmied, Western Sydney University

Dr Tinashe Dune, Western Sydney University

Practice expertise

Dr Eloise Brook, The Gender Centre

Ms Jessica Aasha Sekar, Western Sydney University


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) assisted in all stages of the research, including contributing to the identification of a final set key priorities, challenges and facilitators to guide the research.


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Research report

Crossing the line:
Lived experience of sexual violence among trans women of colour from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds in Australia

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Research summary

Crossing the line: Lived experience of sexual violence among trans women of colour from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds in Australia
Key findings and future directions

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see also

Practice guide

Responding to sexual violence against trans women of colour from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds: A practice guide

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Presentation

Crossing the line: Lived experience of sexual violence among trans women of colour in Australia

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Online exhibition

Crossing the line

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MEDIA RELEASE

Very few places where trans women of colour feel safe from abuse

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Priority populations

Culturally and linguistically diverse women, lesbian, bisexual and queer women, and trans women (as explicit topic).

Budget

$261,820

Funded by Australian Commonwealth, state and territory governments under ANROWS’s 2017 core grant round.

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Phone: 61 2 8374 4000
| Email: enquiries@anrows.org.au

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