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BONUS WEBINAR: Integrating Transgender Survivors into Shelter and Support Groups

This online training is a follow-up to the March 31st webinar, "Working with Transgender Survivors: Core Information for Domestic Violence & Allied Professionals."

There is no charge to attend this webinar.

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This webinar will explore two common support services for domestic violence survivors that are often not accessible for transgender victims: 1. shelters; and 2. support groups. Traditionally, these services have been restricted to non-transgender women or they have been sex-segregated, excluding male survivors (transgender and non-transgender) or individuals who do not identify within the gender binary (as male or female). A growing number of shelters and support groups affirm that inclusion of survivors of all genders is much easier than some may think!

Two 2016 FORGE research studies of shelters and support group facilitators will inform discussion of best practices. Case examples will illustrate ways to include transgender and non-binary survivors into needed – and often life-saving – services.

After this training, participants will be able to:

  • List three areas in which shelters can make small changes to improve access to transgender survivors.
  • Name one myth and countering fact about gender-integrated support groups.
  • State two resources where domestic violence providers and other allied professionals can learn more about better serving transgender survivors.


Michael Munson is the co-founder and executive director of FORGE, an organization focused on improving the lives of transgender individuals by building stronger connections, providing resources, and empowering growth through knowledge. FORGE is a national training and technical assistance provider funded through the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women and the Office for Victims of Crime. Munson's educational background is in psychology, with an emphasis on trauma-informed care and non-traditional healing modalities. His work on violence against transgender and gender non-binary individuals stresses the intersectionality between complex components of identity, experience, and societal constructs that can both spur violence, as well as catalyze healing for individuals and communities. He is passionate about engaging professionals to embrace these complexities and learn key skills to better serve their clients/constituents.

Loree Cook-Daniels, FORGE’s policy and program director, has helped design and co-facilitate FORGE’s multiple in-person and virtual support groups, research studies, and programs since 2000. She has been involved in advocacy, research, training, and services for LGBT populations since 1975, and is nationally-known for her writing, training, and policy work on LGBT aging, trauma and trauma recovery, and transgender issues. She co-chairs the policy committee of the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs and serves on the National LGBT Aging Roundtable. Cook-Daniels holds a B.A. in women’s studies and history, an M.S. in conflict management, and a post-graduate certificate in trauma counseling.