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Investigating domestic violence and the transgender community


Investigating domestic violence and the transgender community

WKBN by Desirae Gostlin on February  28, 2021

The Mahoning Valley came face-to-face with a devastating murder not unlike a multitude of others around the nation where a transgender person was victimized.

Chyna Carrillo was about to turn 25 years old in March before she was brutally beaten Feb. 18 in New Wilmington. Police said her injuries were caused by a blunt force object wielded by 33-year-old Juan Carter Hernandez, which led to her death. Hernandez was fatally shot by police during the attack Thursday.

Domestic violence rates within the LGBTQ community are much higher on average than in heterosexual couples. 44% of lesbian women and 61% of bisexual women have experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner at some point in their lifetime, as opposed to 35% of heterosexual women.

Rachel Montgomery:
I understand that the stats tell of higher risk, but this particular case doesn’t sound (based on what was reported) as if it had anything to do with her being trans.  The perpetrator is thought to have killed his wife some time ago.  He is a man who kills women.  It is sad, but it doesn’t seem to be violence directed at her for being transgender. 

Could be unrelated to her trans status, sure, but I somehow doubt a woman murderer would be all that understanding toward trans people.

I have been in an abusive relationship, back before I admitted to myself or anyone else that maybe I was trans. I don't think being transgender is as much of a factor as simply being seen as "weak" and an easy target.

Rachel Montgomery:
I agree Angelaney.


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