The purpose of the report is to: • gain a general understanding of women’s and trans communities’ experience with and fear of violence in public spaces within the City of Toronto, and • use the information to develop and enhance safety resources for these communities. [...] Keeping with traditional practice in the preparation of a report, the language used to refer to the individuals, identities, and communities within this document varies, in an effort to acknowledge both the distinct nature of individuals’ identities and the commonalities shared by those who experience social oppression in our dominant heteronormative society. [...] The language used by respondents in replying to the survey is broader than the language used in this report, and speaks to the vast intersection of identities, oppressions, and experiences that can be difficult to capture accurately. [...] The Anti-Violence Program (AVP) was established in 1991 to address the issue of anti-gay and anti-lesbian violence, and to meet the needs of victims of hate-motivated violence based on sexual orientation and gender identity. [...] Additionally, the Anti-Violence Program is a part of the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP), an organization based in the United States which collects information and statistics on hate and bias-motivated crimes and incidents committed in many regions across the United States and Toronto, Ontario against individuals and groups within the LGBTTIQQ2S communities.
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