Anti-Violence & Counseling

The Center is dedicated to reducing violence perpetuated against LGBT individuals through community outreach, and education, and facilitating healing and recovery from recent or past violence and trauma through counseling and advocacy. We provide assistance to LGBT individuals who have experienced or otherwise been impacted by intimate partner violence, sexual assault and abuse, stalking, physical assault, harassment, bullying, bias-related incidents, hate crimes and other forms of violence by advocating on their behalf, encouraging and assisting with crime reporting and accompanying crime victims to medical exams or court appearances if requested. We’re here as part of a caring support system for individuals as they recover from the impact of trauma. Below is a list of programs we offer:

Healthy Relationships Class • 18 and over
We believe that the strength and success of our community relies on healthy relationships. The Healthy Relationships Class enhances participants’ capacity for self-determination and empowerment in the development of meaningful, sustainable and violence-free relationships through self-reflection and exploration of past experiences, knowledge sharing, and skill building. Healthy Relationships is a series of 6 FREE classes.

Advocacy for Victims and Survivors • 14 and over
Our Anti-Violence Program (AVP) provides crisis counseling, accompaniment to court or medical exams and advocacy, such as criminal justice and personal advocacy. Our program staff will serve as a liaison to law enforcement, legal proceedings, and related survivor support services. During advocacy on behalf of the client, AVP promotes the development of greater awareness and sensitivity of LGBTQ issues specific to the client amongst involved entities.

Crisis Counseling and Stabilization • 14 and over
Counseling is offered during normal business hours Monday through Friday. A trained mental health professional is available by appointment to assist victims and survivors in stabilization following a sexual assault, an incident of partner violence, hate crime, or another traumatic event, whether recent or resurfacing. All information will be kept confidential. Referrals to therapists in the community are optional and available upon request.

Community Education and Outreach
Raising awareness on violence against LGBTQ individuals is an important aspect of AVP programming. Staff and or volunteers are available to schedule community educational sessions around themes of anti-violence, working with LGBTQ survivors and other relevant topics.

Restraining Order Assistance 
An AVP Staff member is available by appointment to provide more information on filing a restraining order and assistance with completing forms.

  • If you’ve been a victim of violence, we can help. A confidential and voluntary form is available below. If you have further questions or would like services you can also connect with an advocate by calling 414-292-3072.