Community Organizing and Public Advocacy (COPA)
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. Here are ways you can get involved:
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.
To respond to recent acts of anti-LGBTQ hate violence, COPA organizes and hosts community outreach and events to help educate, provide support and bring awareness. To say updated and informed on upcoming events visit our calendar regularly.
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.
Hate Violence Committee
In 2011, some of the people most impacted by hate violence and murder were transgender or gender non conforming (TGNC) people and people of color. AVP knows we must organize to end this violence, and has worked to build anti-hate violence initiatives on issues such as bathroom safety for TGNC people, police violence against and within our communities, and survivor-led forums to increase awareness.
Our Hate Violence Committee works to address issues of hate violence in LGBTQH communities in New York City. We are led by individuals who are directly impacted by violence, and tasked to develop campaigns and programs that will help end violence against and within our communities.
Did you know that intimate partner violence (IPV) occurs in LGBTQH relationships at the same rate as it does in non-LGBTQH relationships? 1 in 4 relationships are abusive. AVP also understands that IPV can aspects of anti-LGBTQH and sexual violence that we see elsewhere in our communities. We established Real Talks, as a space for both survivors of LGBTQ intimate partner violence, and other community members/allies, to discuss and increase safety for our communities. Recent topics include safety planning for a loved one in an abusive relationship, identifying IPV, and resources in the community.
Communities United for Police Reform
AVP and CPR are working to pass the Community Safety Act, a 4-piece package of landmark legislation that we believe will bring REAL accountability to the NYPD! Among other things, CSA would put an END to discriminatory policing (based on gender identity, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, etc.), and mandate that police officers provide information on rights when searching individuals on the street.
AVP understands that LGBTQ people have always been impacted by police violence in NYC and across the country, and have also led and participated in anti-policing movements since their inception. Continue this work with us!
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.
For more information on how to get involved, feel free to call us at (212) 714-1184.