Why I’m not talking about National “Domestic” Violence Awareness Month.
Savannah Badalich

I wholly agree that the word “domestic” is problematic and exclusionary, but in considerations of being more expansive would prefer “intimate partner.” The word “relationship” could be inclusive of many types of relationships, but it seems to me it’s harder to include violence that occurs during sex work, dating, and hook-up violence using the word “relationship.” Using “intimate partner” is somewhat more inclusive.

I have been trying to bring attention to the fact that violence between intimate partners and in relationships in prison is another aspect of intimate partner violence that is nearly always ignored. Trans Pride Initiative (TPI) is a member of the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP), which just published it’s latest report on intimate partner violence for LGBTQ and HIV-affected persons. The report includes violence experienced during sex work, hook-up sex, dating, and in other contexts outside what we typically think of as relationships, yet even NCAVP excludes partner violence in prisons (we are discussing how we can include this in future reports). TPI works with many incarcerated trans and gender nonconforming person experiencing various types of partner violence. Should the context in which that violence is experienced mean it is excluded from this work?

Just something to consider on the topic of being expansive in our anti-violence discussions.

Nell Gaither
Trans Pride Initiative

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