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Using Visual Voices to Examine Intimate Partner Violence Experiences Among Transgender and Nonbinary Survivors of IPV

Ortiz, Kayla (2023) Using Visual Voices to Examine Intimate Partner Violence Experiences Among Transgender and Nonbinary Survivors of IPV. Master's Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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This research study explored the IPV victimization experiences of seven TNB survivors using an arts-based method, Visual Voices. Despite TNB individuals experiencing IPV at disproportionate rates, IPV research and services are largely centered around the dominant narrative of the heterosexual cisgender woman survivor. Participants in this study experienced a range of abuse tactics by former intimate partners, including physical abuse, psychological abuse, and sexual abuse. Participants also expressed a range of identity abuse experiences, including restricting access to transition and undermining gender identity. Participants emphasized the need for more social network and community-based support, including the availability of safe spaces. Participants explored what love and healthy relationships look like to them, which included concepts of individuality, blending together, being a part of community, excitement, and equality. Participants discussed the impacts marginalization had on their healthy relationships, with societal pressures adding stress to relationships they feel safe in. In the face of marginalization stress, participants showed resiliency and healing beyond the trauma. Future research should investigate community-based and social-network interventions specific to TNB survivors of IPV.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Ortiz, Kaylakho4@pitt.edukho4
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairDocumet, Patricia Ipdocumet@pitt.edupdocumet
Committee MemberCoulter, Robert
Committee MemberGartner, Rachel Ereg59@pitt.edureg59
Date: 15 May 2023
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 26 April 2023
Approval Date: 15 May 2023
Submission Date: 20 April 2023
Access Restriction: 1 year -- Restrict access to University of Pittsburgh for a period of 1 year.
Number of Pages: 103
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Public Health > Behavioral and Community Health Sciences
Degree: MPH - Master of Public Health
Thesis Type: Master's Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: intimate partner violence, transgender health, gender minority identities, LGBTQ, arts-based methods, community-based methods
Date Deposited: 15 May 2023 22:10
Last Modified: 15 May 2023 22:10


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