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Journal of Family Violence

, Volume 31, Issue 8, pp 975–979 | Cite as

Redefining Intimate Partner Violence Beyond the Binary to Include Transgender People

  • Adam F. YerkeEmail author
  • Jennifer DeFeo
Original Article

Abstract

Since the mid-1970s, the field of Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) has debated over gender differences in the perpetration of physical partner violence. However, this classical controversy has ignored transgender people since their gender does not seemingly fit the binary categories (male and female) first used to conceptualize IPV. Furthermore, sustained attention on this ceaseless argument has contributed to transgender people remaining invisible to the field of IPV. In this article, we redefine IPV to extend beyond the gender binary and invite the field to shift its focus to transgender people. Research suggests that as many as one in two transgender individuals are victims of IPV, but that multiple barriers prevent this group from acquiring protection that is afforded to others. Therefore, we propose that researchers direct their attention to this topic, and thus, inform police officers, victim advocates, and medical professionals who work directly to combat IPV for all.

Keywords

Transgender Gender identity Gender binary Intimate partner violence Domestic violence 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Clinical Forensic Psychology Department, the Chicago School of Professional PsychologySouthern CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA
  2. 2.Department of Marriage and Family Therapy, the Chicago School of Professional PsychologySouthern CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA

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