This workshop explores how intimate partner violence (IPV) and sexual violence (SV) are exacerbated by anti-LGBTQ discrimination. We look at unique risk factors for queer and trans people, and how resources that traditionally support IPV and SV survivors, like protective orders, emergency housing, and law enforcement, operate as barriers due to systemic discrimination and bias. We examine how decriminalization of HIV, syringe use, and sex work are related strategies that also lower the risk of intimate partner violence and sexual violence for transgender people, who often sit at the intersection of criminalized identities and are more vulnerable to violence as a result. We look at how criminal defense issues overlap with LGBTQ intimate partner violence and sexual violence. We will also present the view from the bench. We consider strategies to address IPV and SV: prevention, resource barrier reduction, response by service providers, research and policy agendas.
Speakers: Hon. Christopher R. Bowen (Superior Court of California, County of Contra Costa); Amily McCool (Scharff Law Firm); Mieko Failey (LGBTQ Center Long Beach); Hema Sarang-Sieminski (Victim Rights Law Center); Ames Simmons (Equality North Carolina)