Entries by Jayne Swift

Bisexual Women and Intimate Partner Violence

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals historically receive less attention in terms of intimate partner violence services and support than cisgender, heterosexual female victims. This bias is reflected in national data that tend to omit information on sexual orientation and gender identity or that only capture current intimate partner gender. As a result, bisexual IPV victims are overlooked or misclassified as heterosexual or lesbian.

Addressing Gender Disparities in Transportation

With the 6th International Conference on Women’s Issues in Transportation taking place in the United States this year, the topic of gender and transportation is highly relevant. The connections between transportation and gender, specifically, can be explained through the demands of carwork, safety concerns, and lack of gendered data collected.

Bicycles, Gender, and Risk: Driver Behaviors When Passing Cyclists

Recent research shows that women cyclists have real reason to be concerned about their safety on the road. We found that drivers were significantly more likely to encroach—i.e. to pass closer than three feet—on female cyclists than on male cyclists. Our study illustrates the scope and pervasiveness of the gender gap in cycling, confirms female cyclists’ concerns about safety on the road, and underscores the need for greater investment in safer facilities like protected bike lanes.


Decriminalizing Domestic Violence: Economic, Public Health, and Community Solutions

Rather than continuing to put money, time, and effort into the criminal legal system which has failed to deter intimate partner violence, IPV policy should center economic, community, and public health solutions. Such solutions shift the focus of IPV policy from reaction to prevention and provide justice for people unwilling or unable to turn safely to state-based criminal punishment systems.