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A structural analysis of gender-based violence and depression in the lives of sexual minority women and trans people Charmaine C. Williams, Meg Gibson, Emily Mooney, Joellean R. Forbes, Deone Curling, Datejie Cheko Green and Lori E. Ross

By: Williams, Charmaine C.
Contributor(s): Gibson, Meg | Mooney, Emily | Forbes, Joellean R | Curling, Deone | Green, Datejie C | Ross, Lori E.
Material type: materialTypeLabelArticleSeries: Affilia.Publisher: Sage, 2023Subject(s): DEPRESSION | LESBIAN | LGBTIQ+ | MENTAL HEALTH | TRANSGENDER | VIOLENCE | VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN | INTERNATIONAL | CANADAOnline resources: DOI: 10.1177/08861099231155887 (Open access) In: Affilia, 2023, First published online, 28 February 2023Summary: This article explores structural mechanisms that are the context for violence and depression in the lives of sexual minority women and trans people in Ontario, Canada. The article draws on interviews with 14 people who reported experiences of depression in the previous year, foregrounding three representative narratives. Narrative and case study analysis reveal that violence is a repeated and cumulative experience over lifetimes, occurring across different interpersonal contexts and institutional encounters. A common theme across the narratives is that experiences of violence are connected to a broader context in which structural arrangements, cultural norms, and institutional processes create conditions where marginalized people are put in harm's way, perpetrators are empowered, and justice and access to help are elusive. As the violence experienced by these sexual minority women and trans people is rooted in structural and cultural oppression represented in poverty, racism, misogyny, homophobia, and transphobia, the prevention of violence and its consequences for these and other marginalized populations requires systemic transformation of the structures and systems that currently allow and perpetuate harm. (Authors' abstract). Record #8035
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Affilia, 2023, First published online, 28 February 2023

This article explores structural mechanisms that are the context for violence and depression in the lives of sexual minority women and trans people in Ontario, Canada. The article draws on interviews with 14 people who reported experiences of depression in the previous year, foregrounding three representative narratives. Narrative and case study analysis reveal that violence is a repeated and cumulative experience over lifetimes, occurring across different interpersonal contexts and institutional encounters. A common theme across the narratives is that experiences of violence are connected to a broader context in which structural arrangements, cultural norms, and institutional processes create conditions where marginalized people are put in harm's way, perpetrators are empowered, and justice and access to help are elusive. As the violence experienced by these sexual minority women and trans people is rooted in structural and cultural oppression represented in poverty, racism, misogyny, homophobia, and transphobia, the prevention of violence and its consequences for these and other marginalized populations requires systemic transformation of the structures and systems that currently allow and perpetuate harm. (Authors' abstract). Record #8035