What is the Transgender Anti-Violence Project?
The Gender Centre
The Transgender Anti-Violence Project (TAVP) is a project run by the Gender Centre. The Gender Centre is a non-government organisation (funded by the NSW Department of Human Services, Community Services under the Supported Accommodation Assistance Program and Sydney South West Area Health Service) and an incorporated association.
We are committed to developing and providing services and activities which enhance the ability of people with gender issues to make informed choices. We offer a wide range of services to people with gender issues, their partners, family members and friends in New South Wales. We specifically aim to provide a high quality service, which acknowledges human rights and ensures respect and confidentiality.
Transgender Anti-Violence Project Partners
The TAVP mission
The TAVP provides free, confidential services to support people affected by transphobia or transgender people experiencing violence or abuse.
The mission of the Transgender Anti-Violence Project is to provide education, support, referrals and advocacy in relation to violence and oppression based on gender identity.
This project addresses all forms of violence that impact on the transgender and gender-questioning community, including (but not limited to) domestic violence, sexual violence, anti- transgender harassment and hate crimes.
Listen to ABC radio interview about the project.
What does the TAVP support staff do?
Your support worker will initially ascertain the nature and level of support that you require to help you to a successful outcome.
Supports services available to you include:
- Help reporting to the police
- Ongoing support and advocacy
- Access to legal support
- Court support
- Organising counselling
- Helping you get medical assistance
- Referrals to other organisations
- Advocating on your behalf
The support worker is there to guide and support you through the entire process of reporting to the police or to the TAVP. Any or all of these avenues might feel right for you, but after you report an incident to the TAVP, you are not required to take any further action that you don’t feel comfortable with. Your experiences mean your decisions, and the TAVP support staff is here to help you access whatever support you might need.
What is violence? What can I report to the TAVP?
You can report anything to the TAVP. Below are some examples:
- Physical assaults
- Verbal abuse and threats
- Emotional or psychological abuse
- Sexual assaults
- Stalking and harassment
- Domestic violence
- Family violence
- Online abuse and cyber bullying
- Bullying at work or school
- Destroying your belongings or threatening to harm your pets
- A partner or carer restricting your access to money, socially isolating you or preventing you from seeing your family or friends
- Having your testosterone, HRT or HIV medication taken away from you
- Outing, or threatening to out, trans* or HIV status against your will
- Any acts that you believe to be transphobic
What is transphobia?
Transphobia refers to discrimination, prejudice, violence or harassment that is perpetrated on a person because of their transgender, gender questioning or gender diverse identity and/or expression.
It is a crime under NSW anti-discrimination law. The Gender Centre’s Legal Resources page provides a number of articles about discrimination based on transgender and gender questioning issues, which can be accessed here: http://www.gendercentre.org.au/resources/legal-resources.htm.
Is it my fault?
Absolutely not! Any kind of violence, harassment or discrimination you experience based on your transgender status is never your fault, and there are a number of avenues by which you can report incidents and receive support.
The TAVP steering committee
The Transgender Anti-Violence Project (TAVP) Steering Committee is made up of representatives of organisations directly concerned with supporting victims of violence within the transgender community. This committee oversees and provides guidance to the TAVP.
Roles and responsibilities of the Steering Committee
- Define approaches and priorities of the TAVP
- Provide advice to the Gender Centre on the operation of the TAVP
- Identify significant issues and areas of risk for the TAVP
- Provide support to the TAVP
Members of the Steering Committee
- The Gender Centre
- NSW Police Force
- City of Sydney
- Inner City Legal Centre