Activists in America are renewing public focus on what they see as a national crisis of violence, sexual assault and custodial abuse against trans citizens. 2015 is already one of the most violent years for trans people in America; nine trans women have been murdered already this year.
Top of the list of priorities articulated by transgender groups is the ongoing epidemic of violence faced particularly by black trans women. Shannon Minter, legal director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights, said that hate violence was running at levels that rendered it a national crisis. “The issue is so urgent as the harm is so severe. We have to deal with it better than we have,” he said.
In 2014 the (US) National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programmes warned of an ongoing “crisis of deadly violence against transgender women of color”.
Violence, of course, does not discriminate by colour, all the US trans community appear to be at risk of violence.
“There has been a steady increase of intimate partner violence in the LGBT community and the rates are higher than of hate violence towards LGBT, but we still don’t have enough support services to help people get out of violent relationships,” said Chai Jindasurat, co-director of Community Organizing and Public Advocacy at the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP), a New York City-based national organization working to reduce violence and its impact on LGBT individuals in the US.
In 2013, NCAVP’s 18 local partner organizations received 2,697 reports of intimate partner violence (IPV), a slight increase from the 2,679 reports received in 2012. The NCAVP documented 21 intimate partner homicides in 2013, which is equal to the 21 homicides in 2012 but more than three times the six IPV-related homicides in 2010.
Here in Britain research published last year revealed that 48% of trans people under age 26 said they had attempted suicide, 30% said they had done so in the past year, 59% said they had at least considered doing so. The figure is starkly higher than the straight community: only 6% of all 16- to 24-year-olds say they have attempted suicide, according to the Adult Psychiatry Morbidity Survey.
Gay Activist would appreciate up to date information on the level of violence against the UK trans community.