August 7, 2023

We, the undersigned 191 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. 

If you have any questions, please reach out 

Respectfully submitted,

A Safe Place 

A Window Between Worlds 

Abused Deaf Women’s Advocacy Services (ADWAS) 

Advocates of Ozaukee 

Alexandra House, Inc. 

Alternative Horizons

Alternatives to Violence 

Arise Lawrence County 

Arise Sexual Assault Services 

Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence 

Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence 

Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence 

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 

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. 

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  

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 

FORGE, Inc. 

Friends, Inc. 

Futures Without Violence 

GA Coalition Against Domestic Violence 


Hands of Hope Resource Center 


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 

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 

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

Life Crisis Center, Inc. 

Lutheran Settlement House 

Los Angeles LGBT Center 

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 

Missions Inc. Programs 

Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center 

Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault 

Montana Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence 

Montgomery County DHHS – Trauma Services 

National Alliance to End Sexual Violence 

National LGBTQ+ Women’s Community Survey 

National Network to End Domestic Violence

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 

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  

Relationship Safety Alliance 


Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence 

Ruth’s House 

Saahas for Cause 

Safe Haven of Pender, Inc. 

Safe Haven Shelter and Resource Center 

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 Shore Resource and Advocacy Center 

Spanish American Center, Inc. 


Stepping Stones, Inc. 

Survivor Advocacy Outreach Program 

Tahirih Justice Center 

Tennessee Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violene 

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 Network/La Red 

The People Concern

The Resource Connection 

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 

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