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Trans people face four times more violence than cis people

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A new study found that transgender people are much more likely than cisgender people to face physical violence and to be the victims of property crime.

On average, transgender people experienced 86.2 victimizations per 1000 people, much higher than 21.7 victimizations per 1000 people that cisgender people face. Trans people were also more likely to say that they were attacked in a hate crime than cis people, according to the study published in the American Journal of Public Health.

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Trans women faced 86.1 victimizations per 1000 people and trans men faced 107.5 per 1000 people, higher than the 23.7 victimizations per 1000 people reported by cis women and 19.8 per 1000 people reported by cis men.

And households with one transgender person in them were twice as likely to have experienced property crime (108.0 per 1000 households with no trans people vs. 214.1 per 1000 households with a trans person).

The study was conduced by the Williams Institute at UCLA, which looked to survey data from the 2017 and 2018 National Crime Victimization Survey, the first years that it asked participants about both their gender identity and their sex assigned at birth. The National Crime Victimization Survey is conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau and involves tens of thousands of U.S. households.

“The media has rightly given attention to the 2020 increase in murders of transgender women of color,” said American University researcher Andrew R. Flores, who is an affiliated scholar at the Williams Institute and lead author of the study. “Our study shows that both transgender women and men are also highly vulnerable to non-fatal physical and material victimization.”

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