One of the lasses? Attitudes to trans inclusion and safety in gender-based violence support services

Event status: Cancelled

Headshot of Professor Rachel Pain smiling, a person with layered red hair, gold hoop earrings and a flowered top ARCSHS invites you to a research and practice seminar with Newcastle University (UK)'s Professor Rachel Pain, exploring the experiences of trans women, service users and sector workers around accessing domestic and sexual abuse support services in the UK.

Wednesday 15 February 2023 04:00 pm (Add to calendar)
Dr Alexandra James & Dr Tom Norman;
Presented by:
Professor Rachel Pain
Type of Event:
Forum/symposium; Public Lecture; Public

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Event cancelled

Please note: This event has been cancelled due to industrial action in the UK. We hope to reschedule this event at a later date. Instead, please join us for a summer showcase of recent research at ARCSHS.

One of the lasses? Attitudes to trans inclusion and safety in gender-based violence support services

In the UK, as in several other countries, recent public discussions have focused on transgender people’s access to domestic and sexual abuse support services, especially where these services provide women-only spaces (either within women-only services, or women-only groups within mixed gender services). In the last few months these discussions have escalated to become even more divisive, damaging the capacity of some organisations to provide frontline services.

This seminar reports on a research study that investigated the views and experiences of sector workers, service users, and trans women on these issues. It found that the reality on the ground is very different to the way it is often represented; most gender-based violence services have welcomed trans women into women-only spaces, albeit in small numbers, for many years. However, there are significant barriers to any service use for trans women and other gender minorities, which are heightening in the broader political context of squeezed resources and culture wars.

About Professor Rachel Pain:

Rachel is Professor of Human Geography at Newcastle University in the UK, and a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. She has researched the socio-spatial contexts and impacts of gender-based violence for three decades. She uses participatory, qualitative and arts-based methods with survivors of all genders and ages to understand experiences of violence, fear and trauma, and to work towards the changes they would like to see. Rachel has published eight books and numerous journal articles, and is the recipient of several prestigious awards.


This event will be live captioned using It will also be recorded, and later published with full captions. A live Auslan interpreter is available on request; please let us know as soon as possible to allow for interpreter bookings.

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