AVP's Community Organizing & Public Advocacy (COPA) programs reach more than 25,000 people each year and extend to the myriad and diverse constituencies within New York's LGBTQH communities. AVP organizes local and city-wide community and public responses to specific violent incidents throughout New York City and State and creates campaigns that raise awareness about and address LGBTQH people's safety. In addition, AVP collaborates with community leaders and community-based organizations to raise awareness about the intersection of LGBTQH identity and violence and to better coordinate community response, including creating, coordinating, and participating in a variety of coalitions for providers and advocates working on violence in New York City.
Join us for Friday Community Safety Nights
To respond to recent acts of anti-LGBTQ hate violence, this Friday, May 24th - and continuing on every Friday throughout Pride month - AVP will take to the streets and neighborhoods of NYC doing outreach and sharing resources with our communities. Find out more and RSVP here.
Become a Hotline Volunteer
Join us to support survivors of violence! AVP operates a free bilingual, 24-hour, 365-day-a-year crisis intervention hotline that is staffed by trained volunteers and our professional counselor/advocates to offer support to LGBTQH victims and survivors of any type of violence. Our 40-hour Hotline training course is held three times annually and provides participants will skills and tools to support LGBTQ survivors of violence. At the end of training, participants are certified as Rape Crisis Counselors by New York State Department of Health to be Rape Crisis Counselors on our 24-hour bilingual (English/Spanish) Hotline. Volunteers who complete the training must make a year-long commitment to providing hotline coverage with AVP once a month.
Safe Bar/Safe Nights
Our popular SafeBar/Safe Nights Program in particular is designed to stop pick-up and date-associated violence before it happens by working with bars and clubs to alert their patrons and staff of the dangers of this violence, distributing safety tips and encouraging reporting such incidents to AVP.
Through the Speakers Bureau, AVP provides education and support for former clients to share their stories to educate community and school groups, service providers and advocates about how to prevent violence, and what to do if they or someone they love is affected by violence against and within LGBTQH communities.
Rapid Incident Response
AVP works with survivors and their friends, family, and partners to create community discussions, outreach, vigils, and communications strategies after incidents of violence to inform the community about the incident, educate LGBTQ people on how to stay safe, prevent incidents in the future, and call for accountability in the aftermath of violent incidents.
Community Organizing and Public Advocacy Campaigns
COPA works with LGBTQ survivors, local elected officials, and community based organizations to do local, statewide, and national public organizing and advocacy to shift the institutional and cultural conditions that cause violence and to increase access to supportive services to LGBTQ survivors of violence.
Education and Training Institute
Each year, through its Training and Education Institute, AVP trains more than 4,200 people at over 125 trainings with community members, police, court staff, district attorneys' offices, rape crisis centers, domestic violence agencies and other mainstream health and human service providers. AVP's Training and Education Institute also serves as a clearinghouse for the most up-to-date information, studies, articles and curricula on the issue of violence, and is a research resource for those interested in studying violence against or within LGBTQH communities.