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Transgender People Over Four Times More Likely than Cisgender People to be Victims of Violent Crime

Author: The Williams Institute
Published: 23rd Mar 2021
Peer-Reviewed Publication: N/A
Additional References: Transgender News Publications

Summary: Findings from the first study to examine victimization rates of transgender people using a nationally representative sample.


Main Document

Transgender people are over four times more likely than cisgender people to experience violent victimization, including rape, sexual assault, and aggravated or simple assault, according to a new study by the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law. In addition, households with a transgender person had higher rates of property victimization than cisgender households.

Researchers analyzed pooled data from the 2017 and 2018 National Crime Victimization Survey, the first comprehensive and nationally representative criminal victimization data to include information on the gender identity and sex assigned at birth of respondents.

Results showed that both transgender women and men had higher rates of violent victimization than their cisgender counterparts, but there were no differences between transgender men and women.

"The media has rightly given attention to the 2020 increase in murders of transgender women of color," said lead author Andrew R. Flores, Affiliated Scholar at the Williams Institute. "Our study shows that both transgender women and men are also highly vulnerable to non-fatal physical and material victimization."

KEY FINDINGS

"Research has shown that experiences of victimization are related to low well-being, including suicide thoughts and attempts," said study author Ilan H. Meyer, Distinguished Senior Scholar of Public Policy at the Williams Institute. "The results underscore the urgent need for effective policies and interventions that consider high rates of victimization experienced by transgender people."

Contact Rachel Dowd at dowd@law.ucla.edu for the full report.

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• (APA): The Williams Institute. (2021, March 23). Transgender People Over Four Times More Likely than Cisgender People to be Victims of Violent Crime. SexualDiversity.org. Retrieved May 24, 2024 from www.sexualdiversity.org/news/transgender/929.php


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