On June 30th, GLBTQ Domestic Violence Project will wrap up our fiscal year and we hope to connect with many of you before the year end.
This past year, we have seen a steady increase in the number of survivors seeking services. To date, with the financial support from individuals like yourself, we have served over 500 survivors and anticipate over 600 will access our safe home, community advocacy and legal services by the fiscal year-end (a 10% increase over last year). These individuals have faced physical and sexual abuse, isolation from family and friends, disruptions at work, homelessness, and/or resistance from legal and medical systems that do not understand the unique needs of GLBTQ survivors. Now, many of these individuals and families are living in safety, free from violence.
However, there are too few GLBTQ-inclusive services to respond to the growing need. In the first 10 months of the year, we turned away 137 survivors because there was no space in our safe home. GLBTQ survivors need equal access to services/shelter. Thankfully, financial support from the community has allowed us to extend our work beyond direct care and services. This past year:
• we provided short-term support to other domestic violence programs as they worked with individual GLBTQ survivors and long-term assistance to programs that were transitioning to become fully inclusive.
• we continued our legal representation in a groundbreaking discrimination case where a gay male survivor was denied access to a domestic violence program’s services. The case is likely to set legal precedent and increase access for gay male, bisexual male, and transgender survivors. A decision is expected this fall.
• we saw years of our policy advocacy come to fruition with the passage of an inclusive US Violence Against Women Act which explicitly includes GLBT individuals and represents the first Federal GLBT non-discrimination provisions.
GLBTQ-DVP is working hard to support survivors by improving access to services – both increasing our own capacity and removing barriers to mainstream services.
We cannot do this work without your help.
If you have already contributed this year, THANK YOU!
If you have not contributed this year, please take a moment to make your donation today. As you pledge your gift, you join us in providing life-saving resources so that more survivors can find safety, hope, and the strength to re-build their lives free from violence.
Thank you for your support,