The Virginia Anti-Violence Project works to address and end violence, with a specific focus on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer communities, across Virginia.
Our Values: The Virginia Anti-Violence Project (VAVP) values community; family and relationships; intersectionality/racial justice; LGBTQ+ liberation/equity; trust/accessibility; fun/creativity; and integrity/transparency.Our Programs: VAVP’s primary programs include advocacy and support services for LGBTQ-identified survivors of violence, including individual and group support, individual and systems advocacy/accompaniment; the facilitation of relationship skills classes that are centered in various queer/transgender identity experiences; training for professionals on how to deepen their capacity to serve individuals of diverse LGBTQ+ identities that have survived violence; large systems advocacy work to promote the inclusion of LGBTQ+ violence issues in local, regional, and statewide workgroups addressing violence and/or LGBTQ+ individuals and communities; and public/community awareness efforts that start conversations about experiences of violence and healthy relationships/sexuality in an LGBTQ+ context.Our Community: The Virginia Anti-Violence Project joins our community in celebrating families and relationships in all of their beautiful queer/trans variations. We love our chosen and biological families, our pets, our children, our friends, and all of our relationships where we can feel at home and loved. VAVP recognizes the importance of having complex and fun conversations about how sex, sexuality, intimacy, gender identity, and consent are indeed central and crucial to our lives.
VAVP was established in 2006 as a project of Equality Virginia, the statewide LGBTQ
advocacy organization. As public awareness of violence within and against the
LGBTQ community grew through the work of VAVP, greater demand for its work and
further expansion of its mission called for the establishment of VAVP as an
independent 501(c)3 organization. In 2008, VAVP officially incorporated and
divested from EV as the parent organization to pursue a purpose and vision to 1) provide services to
LGBTQ-identified individuals that have been impacted by violence and 2) enhance
the overall capacity of systems and organizations in Virginia to provide more
relevant, accessible services for LGBTQ-identified survivors of violence.
Virginia Anti-Violence Project started out in 2006 as a pioneering initiative to address the problems of violence in and against the LGBTQ communities of Virginia. At a time when few such resources existed in the South, I and a few other people pulled together organizations working on domestic violence/sexual assault issues with LGTBQ organizations to build an infrastructure to address and prevent violence in and against LGBTQ communities. My involvement was, and continues to be, driven by my awareness of the level of need for these services in Virginia, and I am able to bring to the organization my knowledge of program administration and my academic background studying programs and services to address and prevent hate/bias motivated violence/harassment in LGBTQ communities.
Since receiving our first grant in 2007, VAVP has been on a deliberate yet exciting organizational path. We began by documenting the violence experienced by LGBTQ Virginians and by educating community members and service providers on the extent of the problem and what they could do to address it. We began this year providing direct services to those experiencing violence. Throughout this journey, VAVP has remained committed to being engaged with the community and to collaboration with community-based organizations and state and local agencies. A key strength for VAVP has been deeply committed staff, board members and volunteers, who bring connections to communities across the state. The organization’s emphasis on diversity in race, ethnicity, gender and income has also provided insight into the needs and strengths of the diverse LGBTQ communities in Virginia, allowing VAVP to tailor its services to best meet the needs of Virginians of many different backgrounds.
In early 2015, VAVP will be in a position to hire its first executive director, an exciting and yet challenging transition for the organization. Having an executive director will allow VAVP to expand our capacity to meet the needs of LGBTQ Virginians. In support of this change, we are growing our board and continuing to develop board and staff capacity in the areas of leadership and development. By strengthening its organizational capacity, VAVP will have the foundation and stability to continue to provide the highest quality programs and services to prevent and address issues of violence in the lives of LGBTQ Virginians.
$25 = 1 hour of individual support/advocacy/accompaniment for a queer/trans person that had been impacted by violence
$100 = 1 session of VAVP's queer healthy love relationship skills class attended by up to 12 LGBTQ individuals
$250 = half-day training session to build overall community capacity to provide unbiased, culturally competent support to LGBTQ-identified survivors of violence
Indirect Public Support HelpIndirect public support represents revenue received through solicitation campaigns. This includes funding United Way and other federated fundraising organizations, but does not include donor designated contributions.
Earned Revenue HelpEarned revenue represents income generated in direct exchange for a product or service.Earned income includes income from government contracts.
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