Transgender victims’ and survivors’ experiences of domestic abuse

Briefing and recommendations for policy and practice

This briefing looks at the experiences of transgender domestic abuse victims and survivors in relation to the types of abuse they experience, the additional needs they have and the work done to support them by domestic abuse services.

There has been limited research on the experiences of people within the trans community and while some progress has been made through research on the experiences of the LGBT+ community as a whole, it is important to understand that different parts of this community can experience abuse in different ways.

This briefing uses data from our Insights national database. It concludes with recommendations for policy and practice.

    Our data shows that for trans victims and survivors of domestic abuse

  • 72%

    experienced multiple forms of abuse

    The most common type of abuse experienced by trans victims/survivors was jealous and controlling behaviour (80%), and two-thirds (66%) had experienced physical abuse.

  • 81%

    of perpetrators were male

  • 58%

    had housing needs

    at intake into support services

  • 56%

    had mental health needs

    at intake into support services

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