Creating Change 2011

Anti-LGBT Bias Violence and Reporting


Emilia Dunham, Network Program Associate

by Emilia Dunham

Program Associate, reporting at Creating Change workshop: National Reporting and Data-Driven Advocacy: Ending Anti-LGBTQ Violence with the NCAVP

Today I attending a workshop on a familiar subject: LGBTQ biased violence. At Northeastern, I was involved with our Campus Center on Violence Against Women, realizing how little resources and information was provided and known about LGBTQ survivors. Fortunately I was able to work with the supportive program to raise more awareness and create more support for us. After taking an LGBTQ inclusive course on family violence. However after this workshop I realized how seldom this knowledge is available. Below I want to share the reality of the picture and what can be done.

 

Reality:

  • In recent years, even with more calls to the police from LGBTQ survivors there are high rates of police misconduct (harassment) and false arrests (arresting both partners).
  • Of anti-LGBTQ hate crimes, 79% were against people of color, 50% of those murdered were transgender women
  • Despite enactment of Matthew Shepard Act, there were still significant cuts to anti-violence LGBT programs
  • Law enforcement, prosecutors, general violence programs don’t work with LGBT violence programs.
  • 84% precincts reported no kinds of hate crimes at all (even race), so we shouldn’t focus on prevalence so much as whether these crimes exist
  • Coincidences of LGBT bias hate-crimes with national LGBT news (national conversation on LGBT issues like marriage)

Needs:

  • Collect more expansive and exhaustive demographic information
  • To collect different types of violence: sexual violence and pick-up violence (against sex workers)
  • Organizations are the ones doing the reporting
  • Data is the story: organizations collect quantitative and qualitative data

What can be done? (effective suggestions)

  • Use data to show need for funding to support this great work
  • Get LGBTQ inclusion in the Violence Against Woman Act grant. With that hope, LGBTQ anti-violence programs may receive more funding and allow training.
  • Legislative visits (Lobbying, protocol shifts)
  • Grants and education (statements of need, demonstrate national coalition work and services provided for funders)
  • Training and education (numbers and reports needed, present models of promising practices)
  • Promoting policy change and shifts (illustrate how policies contribute to and are sources of violence with specifics, show how increased funding can make a difference, show evidenced-based practice)
  • Community organizing (compelling statistics can be used for promotion/media, awareness-raising campaigns)

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