Help in Jersey

The first place any trans* person should go for support is their doctor or GP. If you do not think your GP is comfortable handling your case, do not be afraid to change to another GP in the practice or move practices. Your GP is the gatekeeper to many of the trans* services and medical procedures you will need to access so their support is crucial.

For those trans individuals who are going the public healthcare route into the UK system, the Community Mental Health Service (Adult Mental Health or Child and Adolescent Mental Health) at La Chasse is where their GP should refer them and where their psychiatrist will be based. For those wishing to see a psychiatrist privately, there are several practitioners in Jersey who have clinics at The Little Grove, St Lawrence. However, patients will still need to be referred there by their GP.

For those trans individuals who elect to undergo hormone therapy, the Department of Metabolic Medicine at Overdale is where their GP should refer them and where their consultant will be based. For those wishing to see an endocrinologist privately, there is a clinic at The Little Grove, St Lawrence. However, patients will still need to be referred there by their GP.

If you are unsure what you should do and just want to talk to someone in confidence, the Jersey branch of the Samaritans can be telephoned on 725555 or 08457 909090 or contacted by email at jo@samaritans.org

Trans* islanders seeking legal advice regarding their rights in Jersey can get free, confidential and impartial advice from the Citizens Advice Bureau.

Trans* islanders who wish to change their name by deed poll will need the services of a legal practice. Again, as with your GP, ensure that your advocate is sympathetic to your needs and do not be afraid to change if he or she does not seem comfortable handling your case.

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As a trans* person you may be subject to discrimination or harassment as an employee or as a customer of a business. If you find yourself in this position, Jersey Advisory and Conciliation Service (JACS) can provide you with free, confidential and impartial advice regarding your rights.

Transwomen as a demographic are particularly vulnerable to physical abuse and attacks. In the unlikely event that you have been the victim of an attack in Jersey, you should call the States of Jersey Police (emergency no. 999, telephone no. 612612) as soon as possible to report the crime. If you want to speak to the LGBT community liaison officer, you should ask for PC710 Emma Poulliquen or email the LGBT community liaison team.

If you are in the UK, the Metropolitan Police give this advice for reporting a crime online and, specifically, regarding hate crime. If you are not sure whether you have been the victim of a hate crime, read the City of London Police guidelines.

Finally, when dealing with all these agencies, remember Jersey is a small place and your case may be the first of its kind for the person you are dealing with. Be patient with them and explain clearly what  you need them to do for you. You will find that most islanders are not transphobic and will do their best to help you.

Young People

If you are under 16, there are some specialist agencies in Jersey that can help you. All the agencies listed above will also help you – they are not just for adults.

If you are the victim of harassment, bullying or abuse, at home or at school, because of your gender expression, you should contact The Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) who work with lots of different childcare agencies to keep young people safe. They are based at the Bridge and can be contacted by telephone on 449213 or by email at enquiries-MASH@gov.je

If you just want to talk to someone in confidence about gender issues, you can contact YES by telephone on 08007 350121 (freephone) or 766628 or by email at yes@youthservice.yc.je All calls or emails to YES are treated in the strictest confidence.

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