NCCADV Statement on Community Supports for Trans & Gender Nonconforming People

April 16, 2021

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NCCADV leads the state’s movement to end domestic violence, and we recognize that a key part of ending domestic violence is creating and communities to become increasingly more safe, stable, and nurturing. We are therefore compelled to oppose any legislation that removes community supports for any person, including trans and gender nonconforming people.

Recently introduced state legislation would prohibit trans and gender nonconforming youth and young adults from seeking affirming healthcare, engaging fully in school activities, and being their full selves without fear of outing. These proposals increase the risk that trans and gender nonconforming and young adults will experience violence victimization and negative health outcomes. We have studied the health impact of similar legislation in NC and found that anti-trans legislation increased suicidal ideations, discrimination, social isolation, and violence victimization among trans and gender nonconforming people across our state.

Building and increasing access to community supports is an important way to create healthy, safe communities and prevent violence. To do this, medical care must be safe and affirming for everyone, especially survivors. We envision a North Carolina in which every child feels safe and affirmed in school, is celebrated in their identity and expression, and is encouraged to be who they are without fear. An important part of being affirmed and feeling connected in school environments is having the opportunity to participate fully in the school community through sports and other extracurricular activities that help youth and young adults and strong peer groups. We believe that all students should have access to these important experiences. Ultimately, it is the strength of our relationships in community that equip us all to respond to and prevent domestic violence. 

Join NCCADV in promoting policies that ensure our communities are safe, healthy, and affirming. Below are some resources to learn more about domestic violence prevention and some policies and practices that support trans and gender nonconforming people. Reach out to your NC legislator today to tell them that you join NCCADV in supporting safe, healthy communities for all.

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NCCADV Statement on AAPI Murders in Atlanta

March 18, 2021

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We are saddened by and condemn the murders of 8 people in Atlanta, including 6 Asian American women. We also denounce the rise in Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) hate crimes across the country and stand in solidarity with the AAPI community and all survivors of violence  impacted by this traumatic event.  

We condemn the sexual objectification of all women, and AAPI women specifically. While there has been no confirmation that any of the victims were sex workers, we nonetheless condemn any attempt to justify violence against any person engaged in sex work.

We see the direct link between these murders and the anti-Asian racism reflected in the words of our politicians and community leaders in recent months.  We are reminded by this report released earlier this week by Stop AAPI Hate that Asian Americans across the country are reporting an increase in hate incidents based on their racewith AAPI women reporting these incidents more than twice as often as men. Because we know these murders were not an isolated incident of racism, we recognize the importance of ongoing education and action to prevent and respond to racism and gender-based violence.  This article provides more information andresources for serving AAPI communities and educating yourself and others on how to end hate against AAPI communities.

At NCCADV we know that we cannot end domestic violence without ending these acts of race and gender-based violence. We are committed to ending all systems that promote, excuse, and deny the violence that people face because of their race, sex, gender identity, immigration statusor occupation. 

NCCADV Statement on the Events of January 6, 2021

January 11, 2021

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Our commitment to ending domestic violence calls us to prevent and respond to all forms of violence, including the violence that led to the events at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021. We condemn the threats, intimidation, and violence of white supremacy displayed during this attack on the U.S. Capitol. We recognize the trauma inflicted on our nation on this day and the ways that these events re-traumatize all survivors of violence, especially survivors who are Black, Brown, indigenous, immigrants, LGBTQ, Muslim, and Jewish.

We saw evidence of individual political figures and law enforcement officers encouraging and tolerating this attack. This serves as a reminder that white supremacy is present in all of the systems dedicated to serving survivors of domestic violence. We call for accountability for those perpetrating all forms of violence and justice for all survivors.

We are as committed as ever to creating and supporting the United States of America that we could be. Come join us. We encourage you to support us and these national organizations working alongside us in this mission:

We join these organizations and many others from across the country in building a less violent, more equitable world.

New LGBTQ Toolkit - Jan 2021

Introducing Queering Safety: A Toolkit for Safer Service Provision to Queer and Trans Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence

This toolkit is designed to be a launchpad for domestic violence service providers to consider the ways they can enhance, modify, and re-imagine their services to be culturally relevant for queer and transgender survivors of domestic violence.

Some of these tools are relevant to direct service providers, while others may be more geared toward decision makers. Throughout the kit, look for the pink/purple Delta symbol for decision-maker tools, and the purple/lavender arrow symbol for tools for direct service providers.

This toolkit was designed to echo themes of zines, a common art-based communication/ education tool in queer and trans community. The tools in here are by no means exhaustive. Furthermore; their application is by no means limited to domestic violence service providers. Throughout the kit, look for the white G symbol (left), for tools that could be applicable in general to non-domestic violence agencies.

Consider this toolkit as an inventory of reflection on areas for capacity building within your agencies. As questions and ideas come up, we encourage you to reach out to NCCADV for training and technical assistance. Contact: jperkins@nccadv.org

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