AVP dedicated to eliminating hate violence, sexual assault, stalking, and domestic violence in LGBTQ and HIV-affected communities through counseling, advocacy, organizing, and public education
Since AVP's founding in 1980, we have assisted thousands of crime victims every year, from all five boroughs of New York City
The Project serves lesbian, gay, transgender, bisexual and HIV-positive victims of violence, and others affected by violence, by providing free and confidential services enabling them to regain their sense of control, identify and evaluate their options, and assert their rights. In particular, the Project's staff and volunteers assist survivors of hate-motivated violence (including HIV-motivated violence), domestic violence, and sexual assault, by providing therapeutic counseling and advocacy within the criminal justice system and victim support agencies, information for self-help, referrals to practicing professionals, and other sources of assistance. The Project actively seeks to serve clients from the full range of New York's diverse lesbian, gay, transgender, bisexual and HIV-positive communities.
The Project serves the larger community through efforts to educate the public about violence directed at or within our communities and to reform government policies and practices affecting lesbian, gay, transgender, bisexual, HIV-positive and other survivors of violence. By educating law enforcement and social service agency personnel and calling attention to inadequate official and professional responses, the Project works to hold law enforcement and social service agencies accountable to their obligation for impartial service. By documenting violence motivated by hate against the lesbian, gay, transgender, bisexual and HIV-positive communities, organizing community-based activism, and working with organizations serving other communities victimized by hate-motivated violence, the Project works to change public attitudes that tolerate, insulate or instigate hate-motivated violence, and to promote public policies designed to deter such violence.
AVP remained an all-volunteer organization until 1984, when the first full-time Executive Director was hired. With the addition of full-time staff, AVP was able to broaden its services to provide professional counseling to victims of violence. AVP also began providing services to the victims of crimes other than hate crimes, such as domestic violence, sexual assault and HIV-related violence. In addition, AVP began to mobilize and train larger numbers of volunteers to assist crime victims and to participate in community organizing activities to respond to acts of violence.
Today, AVP is the crime victim assistance agency for the lesbian, gay, transgender and HIV/AIDS communities in New York City. AVP provides free and confidential assistance to thousands of crime victims each year from all five boroughs of New York City. The agency maintains a 24- hour crisis intervention hotline staffed by professional counselors and trained volunteers, provides professional and peer support counseling as well as police, court and social service advocacy and conducts training programs for law enforcement, victim service providers and hospital personnel. In addition to providing direct services to victims, AVP seeks to change attitudes that tolerate or instigate hate-motivated violence through public education campaigns, by working with organizations serving other communities victimized by hate-motivated crime and by organizing the lesbian, gay, transgender and bisexual community’s response to violence.
1. Neighborhood incidents of anti-LGBTQH violence must end.
2. Domestic violence within LGBTQH communites must end.
New York City Gay and Lesbian Anti-Violence Project, Inc.
a 501(c)(3) nonprofit (EIN: 13-3149200)