Gay Men’s Domestic Violence Project works directly with victims and survivors.
GMDVP direct services include:
- Legal advocacy and court accompaniment
- 24-Hour emergency hotline
- Crisis intervention and safety planning
- Housing and employment advocacy
- Emergency safe home
- Emotional support and support groups
- First/Last month’s rent program
Education and Outreach
Equally important is the work GMDVP conducts to raise awareness – empowering victims/survivors to self-identify the abuse in their lives, educating the service providers they will encounter so the service providers respond appropriately, and educating the GLBT community so it can provide support and acceptance. GMDVP offers community organizing and education; and professional training in GLBT cultural competency and domestic violence.
Additionally, GMDVP advocates for policy reform to ensure that GLBT victims of domestic violence have access to equal government-funded services and to ensure that government policies on domestic violence are written or re-written to be inclusive of all domestic violence victims regardless of their gender identity or sexual orientation. GMDVP is currently working with Governor’s Commission and Legislature to ensure inclusivity and with multiple State Agencies to move existing policies to a more inclusive framework.
Legal Assistance for Victims
The GLBT Domestic Violence Attorney Program provides free and sliding-scale legal assistance to eligible gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender victims of domestic violence in Massachusetts. Through direct representation and the utilization of a pro bono network of attorneys, the program aims to ensure GLBT victims of domestic violence are able to enjoy full access to the legal system and allow victims to pursue all legal remedies. The program provides safety planning, referrals and legal representation, including advocacy at restraining order hearings.
If someone is abusing you or someone in your household, you do not have to accept it—even if your spouse is the abuser. You have legal options to stop the violence and the GLBT Domestic Violence Attorney Program can help.