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The systematic review of barriers to help-seeking in violent transgender relationships

Journal Article


Abstract


  • Background: Intimate partner violence (IPV) is a prevalent

    issue in heteronormative relationships having received

    deserved attention in recent times. However, IPV remains

    largely ignored within the transgender community, although

    the issue is as prevalent, if not greater, in transgender

    relationships. More often than not, professionals working

    in the field of IPV are not well equipped to effectively deal

    with the issue and are lacking in specific knowledge and

    resources for transgender people.

    Objectives: To systematically review previous empirical

    research investigating IPV in transgender relationships and

    the associated barriers to help-seeking. Further this review

    aims to delineate key recommendations for research,

    policy development and clinical practice.

    Methods: A systematic search of PsycINFO, SocINDEX,

    MEDLINE and Web of Science was conducted to identify

    previous studies on the transgender experience of IPV.

    Four studies met the inclusion criteria and were reviewed.

    Findings: The results indicated that transgender people

    who experienced IPV faced the following barriers to helpseeking:

    gender identity victimization, heteronormative

    biases, a lack of awareness of specific needs, heteronormativefocused

    resources, poor treatment from law enforcement

    and a lack of support from the transgender community.

    conclusions: Re-thinking the normative gender binary

    when it comes to IPV will shift the victimization of transgender

    people accessing services when they have experienced IPV.

    This includes training into trans-specific issues, review and

    overhaul of heteronormative policies and beliefs and taking

    a collaborative approach. Recommendations are made for

    the development of specific resources, training for service

    providers and future research.

Publication Date


  • 2018

Citation


  • Bancroft, R., Vella, S. & Pai, N. (2018). The systematic review of barriers to help-seeking in violent transgender relationships. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 52 (S1), 126.

Start Page


  • 126

Volume


  • 52

Issue


  • S1

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom

Abstract


  • Background: Intimate partner violence (IPV) is a prevalent

    issue in heteronormative relationships having received

    deserved attention in recent times. However, IPV remains

    largely ignored within the transgender community, although

    the issue is as prevalent, if not greater, in transgender

    relationships. More often than not, professionals working

    in the field of IPV are not well equipped to effectively deal

    with the issue and are lacking in specific knowledge and

    resources for transgender people.

    Objectives: To systematically review previous empirical

    research investigating IPV in transgender relationships and

    the associated barriers to help-seeking. Further this review

    aims to delineate key recommendations for research,

    policy development and clinical practice.

    Methods: A systematic search of PsycINFO, SocINDEX,

    MEDLINE and Web of Science was conducted to identify

    previous studies on the transgender experience of IPV.

    Four studies met the inclusion criteria and were reviewed.

    Findings: The results indicated that transgender people

    who experienced IPV faced the following barriers to helpseeking:

    gender identity victimization, heteronormative

    biases, a lack of awareness of specific needs, heteronormativefocused

    resources, poor treatment from law enforcement

    and a lack of support from the transgender community.

    conclusions: Re-thinking the normative gender binary

    when it comes to IPV will shift the victimization of transgender

    people accessing services when they have experienced IPV.

    This includes training into trans-specific issues, review and

    overhaul of heteronormative policies and beliefs and taking

    a collaborative approach. Recommendations are made for

    the development of specific resources, training for service

    providers and future research.

Publication Date


  • 2018

Citation


  • Bancroft, R., Vella, S. & Pai, N. (2018). The systematic review of barriers to help-seeking in violent transgender relationships. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 52 (S1), 126.

Start Page


  • 126

Volume


  • 52

Issue


  • S1

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom