1 in 3 Trans relationships end in violence!

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For months, if not years, we have reported on Trans* violence, in particular, the tragedy of murders and suicides. There are detailed murder stats compiled and published by “ Trans Murder Monitor “ a project sponsoredimage by TGEU ( TransGender Europe ). They are the only global reference for such statistics.

But clearly they are fully reliant on these murders being reported in the first place, then they must be accumulated by a regional LGBT service or other Trans body. Many regions of the globe fail to either report or admit to these murders. Some willfully suppress them. This, however, will be a topic that requires on going work, investigation and commitment to collect.

In a more open environment, such as experienced in Australia, there can be no hiding from the horror of these statistics and nor should there be any barrier. There is a reluctance to use services that are either generic or have no training with handling LGBTIQ issues.

The silent epidemic

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Police require furthering training, telephone and online support services need to devote a proportionately greater part of their resource to the issue. Women’s Refuge centres are reluctant to recognized Transwomen and the violent circumstances in which they live.

There is a belief that 1::3 LGBTIQ relationships will experience violence/abuse within the relationship (ACON report to Fairfax media). Many will be deterred by the stigma and discrimination that is associated with being Trans, believing they will be ignored or further stigmatised.

Listen to the Australian Institute of Family Studies, 2012 study of Sexual violence and gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans, intersex, and queer communities or read it here

TRANSPHOBIA and HOMOPHOBIA are strong influences in our thinking and hold us back from seeking help outside of our immediate circle or support groups.

In Victoria, there has been a Royal Commission into Family Violence established, with the Victorian Gay and Lesbian Health making a submission before this commission to recognized the issues within the LGBTIQ community.

As a community, we need to establish our own voice before this commission and we must be prepared to push for “Suicide and Violence Hotline” where members of our own community can freely offer support and assistance.

As we reach a time where this Royal Commission readies this investigation phase we will report on the findings and recommendations. We should also be aware that these Royal Commissions have a very poor track record for producing change and often are consigned to the dusty shelves of the parliamentary library when the pressure goes off.

If you are or someone you know is in an abusive relationship you can learn about your options here and here. There is no need for you to continue suffering in silence.

Nicola Summers

Hi all, I am a post op Transwoman, identifying as female. I work full time in Aged Care in Melbourne and some time mid way through 2016 I will be moving to Bangkok. I am a passionate advocate for Trans rights, I fight against inequality and discrimination on all fronts. I abhor violence and discrimination based on priviledge, ethnicity, creed and colour. I am not a religious person at all, but I do have a spiritual side

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