November 20, 2023

We, the undersigned 233 sexual assault, domestic violence, and trafficking organizations, strongly oppose proposed legislation and laws that limit the rights of transgender individuals. With missions to end domestic violence and sexual assault, we condemn the rhetoric that any such laws will increase safety or exist to protect women. Anti-trans laws do not increase safety and such proposals are opposed by the movement to end gender-based violence.  

Though we oppose all legislation that targets the transgender community, we specifically oppose anti-transgender legislation that seeks to bar transgender and nonbinary survivors from support services and shelter spaces. States across the country have introduced harmful legislation that seeks to erode non-discrimination protections and prohibit transgender and nonbinary survivors from accessing public spaces that align with their gender identity, including restrooms, locker rooms, prison facilities, and more. These proposals seek to prohibit transgender and nonbinary people from accessing domestic violence shelters and rape crisis centers, thereby eliminating their ability to seek safe shelter space to escape an abusive relationship or healing services to recover from an experience of sexual violence.  

These types of legislation are in violation of federal non-discrimination provisions in the Violence Against Women Act and Family Violence Prevention and Services Act, two primary sources of federal funding that domestic violence and sexual assault service providers rely on to provide services. Anti-trans legislation burdens service providers, forcing them to navigate contradictory laws that threaten access to federal funding.  

Groups supporting anti-trans proposals claim that the proposed legislation is necessary for public safety and to prevent sexual violence against women and children. As sexual assault service providers, domestic violence shelters, and other service providers who work each and every day to meet the needs of all survivors and reduce sexual assault and domestic violence throughout society, we speak from experience and expertise when we state that these claims are false. As organizations whose missions are to reduce abuse and violence, we support laws and policies that protect transgender people from discrimination, including in accessing facilities that match the gender they live every day. We call on legislators to focus on survivors’ real needs – housing, advocacy, legal support, counseling, children’s services, and more.  

Transgender and nonbinary individuals are already at higher risk of domestic violence and sexual assault due to the discrimination, stigma, and barriers to financial and housing security that the transgender community experiences, with transgender women of color disproportionately impacted. Transgender people already experience unconscionably high rates of sexual assault—and forcing them out of facilities consistent with their gender makes them vulnerable to assault and abuse. Transgender people are also three times more likely to experience homelessness than their cisgender lesbian, gay, and bisexual counterparts, and eight times more likely than cisgender straight people—which speaks to the enormous need for shelters to be welcoming and affirming to transgender survivors. Limiting shelter access for transgender individuals would exacerbate this problem. Placing further legal restrictions on LGBTQ people’s access to safe shelter and supportive resources would make it even harder for LGBTQ survivors to exit abusive relationships safely and seek support in the aftermath of domestic and sexual violence.  

 As advocates committed to ending sexual assault and domestic violence of every kind, we will never support any law or policy that could put anyone at greater risk for assault or abuse. That is why we strongly support transgender-inclusive non-discrimination protections and oppose any law that would jeopardize the safety of transgender people by forcing them into shelters, facilities, and restrooms that do not align with their gender or excluding them from shelters based on their gender identity.  

Discriminating against transgender people does not give anyone more control over their body or safety. Those who perpetuate falsehoods about transgender people and non-discrimination laws are putting transgender people in harm’s way and making no one safer. We cannot stand by while survivors, both those who are transgender and those who are not, are endangered by these laws. We will only accomplish our goal of ending sexual assault and domestic violence by treating all people, including those who are transgender, with fairness and respect. 

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Respectfully submitted,

A Safe Place   

A Window Between Worlds   

Abbie Shelter  

Abused Deaf Women’s Advocacy Services (ADWAS)   

Abused Women’s Aid In Crisis  

Advocates of Ozaukee   

Albany County Crime Victim and Sexual Violence Center  

Alexandra House, Inc.   

All Families Healthcare- Montana 

Alliance of Tribal Coalitions to End Violence  

Alternative Horizons  

Alternatives to Violence   

Arise Lawrence County   

Arise Sexual Assault Services   

Arkansas Coalition Against Sexual Assault  

Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence   

Artemis Center  

Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence   

Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence   

Asian Women’s Shelter 

Battered Women’s Shelter and Rape Crisis Center of Medina and Summit Counties   

BeLEAF Survivors   

Blackburn Center   

Bolton Refuge House, Inc.    

Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC)   

Boston Medical Center Domestic Violence Program   

BRAVO, a Division of Equitas Health 

California Partnership to End Domestic Violence   


Casa Myrna Vazquez    

Catalyst Domestic Violence Services   

Center for Abused Persons   

Center of Hope   

Centre Safe   

Cleveland Rape Crisis Center   

Clinton County Women’s Center dba Roads to Peace   

Coalition Ending Gender-Based Violence    

Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault   

Community Action Partnership of Lancaster County   

Community Against Violence, Inc.   

Connecticut Alliance to End Sexual Violence  

Congreso De Latinos Unidos   

Crisis Center North   

Crisis Support Network   

CT Coalition Against Domestic Violence   

Community United Against Violence   

DC Coalition Against Domestic Violence   

Delaware Coalition Against Domestic Violence   

Domestic Violence Escape (DOVE), Inc.   

Domestic Violence Services of Southwestern Pennsylvania   

Dove Center   

DOVE Inc.   

Eastern Panhandle Empowerment Center    

El Centro Del Pueblo- California 

Embrace Services, Inc.    

Empower Yolo   

End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin   

Esperanza United   

Family Advocates   

Family and Community Resources, Inc.   

Family Violence Appellate Project   

Family Violence Law Center – California   

Family Violence Program of St Bernard  

FORGE, Inc.   

Friends, Inc.   

Friendship Center of Helena, Inc.  

Futures Without Violence   

GA Coalition Against Domestic Violence   


Hands of Hope Resource Center   


Haven- Montana   

Haven Hills, Inc.   

Hawaiʻi State Coalition Against Domestic Violence    

Health Imperatives, Inc.   

Healthy Alternatives to Violent Environments   

Heartly House, Inc.   

HELP of Door County   


Humboldt Domestic Violence Services   

Huntingdon House   

Idaho Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence   

Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence   

Illinois Accountability Initiative   

Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence   

The Initiative- Colorado   

INPACT Boston   

Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence   

Jane Doe Inc.   

Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center   

Jewish Family & Children’s Service Journey to Safety   

Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles   

Jewish Family Services, Inc.   

Just Solutions  

Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence  

King County Sexual Assault Resource Center   

Kiran Inc.   

Latinx In Action   

Laurel House   

LGBTQ+ Rural Resource Center  

Legal Momentum, the Women’s Legal Defense and Education Fund   

Leah Foster Therapy  

Life Crisis Center, Inc.   

Lutheran Settlement House   

Los Angeles LGBT Center   

Love Doesn’t Hurt  

Maine Coalition Against Sexual Assault   

Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence   

Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault   

Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence   

Michigan Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence   

Missing Murdered Indigenous Women Coalition of NC  

Missions Inc. Programs   

Missouri Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence 

Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center   

Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault   

Montana Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence   

Montana NOW  

Montgomery County DHHS – Trauma Services   

Mutual Ground- Aurora, Illinois  

National Alliance to End Sexual Violence   

National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center  

National LGBTQ+ Women’s Community Survey   

National Network to End Domestic Violence  

National Organization for Women  

National Organization for Women, Hollywood NOW Chapter, CA  

National Resource Center on Domestic Violence   

Nebraska Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence   

New England Learning Center for Women in Transition   

Nevada Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence   

New Beginnings APFV, Inc   

New Hope Inc   

New Horizons Crisis Center    

New Jersey Coalition to End Domestic Violence   

New Mexico Asian Family Center   

New Mexico Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs   

New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence   

New Mexico Women   

Next Door Solutions to Domestic Violence   

North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence   

NYS Coalition Against Sexual Assault (NYSCASA)  

Ohio Alliance to End Sexual Violence   

Oregon Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence   


Pearl Crisis Center   

Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence   

Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape   

RCC Sexual Violence Resource Center   

Reach Counseling Services    

Regional Family Crisis Center- Missouri 

Relationship Safety Alliance   


Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence   

Riverview Center- Illinois   


Ruth’s House   

Saahas for Cause   

Safe Haven of Pender, Inc.   

Safe Haven Shelter and Resource Center   

Safe Horizon- New York City   

Safe Journey   

Safe Passage, Massachusetts    

Safe Space, Inc.   

Safelight Inc.   

SafeSpace Anti-Violence Program at Pride Center of Vermont   

Safe Alternatives to Violent Environments Inc. (SAVE)   

Schuylkill Hope Center for Victims of Domestic Violence   

Second Bloom of Chatham, Inc.   

Sexual Assault Center   

Sexual Assault Services of Northwest New Mexico    

Sheedy Consulting LLC   

Sierra Community House   

Solace Sexual Assault Services   

South Peninsula Haven House  

South Shore Resource and Advocacy Center   

Spanish American Center, Inc.   


Stepping Stones, Inc.   

St. John’s Community Health Transgender Health Program  

Survivor Advocacy Outreach Program   

Tahirih Justice Center   

Tennessee Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violene   

Thai Unity Community 

The Advocates for Human Rights   

The Bridge to Hope   

The Center for Women & Community   

The Center for Women and Families, Inc.   

The Cocoon   

The Key Program, Inc. Children’s Charter Division   

The LeeShore Center- Alaska   

The Network: Advocating Against Domestic Violence  

The Network/La Red   

The People Concern  

The Resource Connection   

The Ripple Project

The Women’s Center    

The Women’s Center, Inc. of Columbia/Montour   

The Women’s Community, Inc.   

Transition House   


Turning Point of Lehigh Valley, Inc.   


Upper Ohio Valley Sexual Assault Help Center, Inc.    

Utah Domestic Violence Coalition   


Vermont Network Against Domestic and Sexual Violence   

Victim Outreach Intervention Center (VOICe)   

Violence Free Colorado    

Violence Free Minnesota   

Violence Prevention Center    

Violence Recovery Program, Fenway Health   

Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance   

Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence   

Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault   

Women Against Abuse   

Women and Children’s Horizons   

Women Helping Women   

Women’s Center & Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh   

Women’s Resources of Monroe County, Inc.   

Womens’ Shelter and Support Center   

Women’s Shelter of Long Beach   

West Virginia Coalition Against Domestic Violence   

Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault  

Wild Iris Family Counseling and Crisis Center  

Wyoming Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault   

YWCA Central MA   

YWCA Northeastern Massachusetts   

YWCA of San Gabriel Valley   


YWCA West Central Michigan   

YWCA York   


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