Legal Systems and Violence
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The chapter begins with a discussion about the various forms of violence experienced by 'lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning' (LGBTQIA) individuals and an examination of some of the settings where that violence is most likely to occur. It focuses on the criminal justice system: why LGBTQIA individuals are at increased risk for involvement, special challenges faced by LGBTQIA individuals in the system and how that involvement can impact other areas of life. It is important to acknowledge that there are other, more insidious forms of violence, perpetrated against LGBTQIA individuals. In educational institutions, young LGBTQIA people must navigate the symbolic violence of school programs and buildings being designed for cisgender heterosexuals, but sometimes they must also cope with harassment, threats and physical violence. Physical abuse of children, intimate partner violence, bullying and mass shootings would all be examples of physical violence.