Report to Governor’s Council Highlights High Prevalence of GLBT Domestic Violence and Significant Barriers to Services for GLBT Survivors

On October 1, 2013 (the beginning of Domestic Violence Awareness Month) the Governor’s Council to Address Sexual and Domestic Violence was presented with a report that documented the disparity in prevalence and access to services for GLBT survivors in Massachusetts. GLBT sexual and domestic violence advocates hope the report will lead to increased policy prioritization for responding to GLBT survivors and an increase in access to services for GLBT survivors.

The report cites sexual and domestic violence prevalence for GLBT individuals at rates equal to or greater than the general population, with gay men and lesbians at rates ranging from equal to almost double that of heterosexuals, bisexuals at slightly higher rates and transgender individuals at significantly higher rates, almost double that of gay and lesbian individuals. According to the Massachusetts Behavior Risk Factor Survey, gay, lesbian and bisexual youth were almost four times more likely to experience sexual violence victimization than heterosexual students.

The report also cites barriers to access for GLBT survivors including denial of services, poor responses from service providers (including discrimination), and insufficient culturally-specific services. The primary recommendations for responding to the disparities faced by GLBT survivors were to improve and expand current GLBT culturally-specific services (there are currently only 5 GLBT-specific safe home beds in the entire state) and to increase mainstream service options for GLBT survivors. The report acknowledges that it is more expensive to provide culturally competent and accessible services for marginalized high risk populations; but that doing so is both necessary and appropriate.

The comprehensive report, Disparities in Prevalence, Access to Services and Outcomes for Sexual and Domestic Violence Survivors from Five Underserved Populations, is a product of the Council’s Services Accessibility Working Group and it focuses on disparities for GLBT, immigrant, rural and elder survivors, as well as survivors who are living with disabilities. All of these populations experience domestic violence at rates greater than the general population and all face significant additional barriers to accessing services. State Agencies and Advocates specializing in each of the five populations have been working on the report for several years and it represents the most current thinking and analysis of sexual and domestic violence within marginalized and underserved communities.

Sheridan Haines, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Governor’s Council to Address Sexual and Domestic Violence, stated that “While it is clear that each population has its unique and urgent needs, what is striking from this report is the common themes that are emerging from these underserved populations and the realization that, by addressing the common themes, we may not only be serving these distinct populations, but that we will be likely increasing accessibility for multiple underserved populations.”

Curt Rogers, Executive Director of the GLBTQ Domestic Violence Project and the Co-Chair of the Services Accessibility Committee that issued the report, said “the report is groundbreaking in that it not only gathers the overwhelming data on disparities faced by GLBT survivors, but it underscores the compounding prevalence rates and barriers to accessing services faced by GLBT individuals that also identify with another underserved group, such as an elder GLBT survivor who lives in a rural area – and this is true for any of the underserved populations.”

The report comes out on the same day that Federal non-discrimination provisions go into effect for GLBT survivors at Federally funded sexual and domestic violence services through the reauthorized Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). VAWA, passed in February and signed by President Obama in March of this year, explicitly addresses GLBT survivors of violence by naming GLBT survivors as an underserved population and by prohibiting VAWA grantees from discriminating based on sexual orientation or gender identity when providing services.

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Outreach/Education Internship

Length of Term: September 2013 – December 2013 OR September 2013 – May 2013
Hours Per Week: 10-20 hours/week
Start Date: Immediately

About Us:                    

The GLBTQ Domestic Violence Project, formerly the Gay Men’s Domestic Violence Project, is a grassroots non-profit organization that provides support and services to gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer (GLBTQ) survivors of domestic. Our services include a 24-hout hotline, emergency safe-home, community based services, and sexual assault case management. All of our services are free and confidential; including our community based training and technical assistance workshops.

Position Description:

We are currently looking for an Outreach/Education Intern to assist in implementing a community education and communications strategy that will help to raise awareness of GLBTQ domestic, help connect survivors to support and services, and to collaborate with other GLBTQ nonprofit organizations.

The position will work in collaboration with the Outreach/Education Manager by participating in outreach to GLBTQ communities, facilitating community workshops on domestic violence, and supporting social media relations. The intern will gain a) an increased knowledge of GLBTQ communities and domestic violence b) skills in non-profit communications and community engagement and c) experience facilitating community education. The internship will lead one of two primary projects, which will be completed with support from the Outreach and Education Manager, including the development of a social media strategy/evaluation and the planning and coordination of a community education event.

Required Qualifications:

  • Passionate about community education/organizing and using social media to engage with GLBTQ communities
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with a talent for capturing messaging in a short and readable fashion
  • Highly organized and detail-oriented
  • Self-motivated and comfortable working in a team

Preferred  Qualifications:

  • Knowledgeable about GLBTQ communities and domestic violence
  • Sophisticated knowledge of Facebook, Twitter, and WordPress
  • Familiar with Adobe Creative Suite
  • Second Language Capability

Please send a cover letter, resume, and a short writing sample to education@glbtqdvp.org.

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Volunteer Orientation

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Letter from the Executive Director

Dear Friends,

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,

 

 

Curt Rogers

Executive Director

 

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The Spring Event

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The Spring Event is the GLBTQ DVP’s (formerly the Gay Men’s Domestic Violence Project) annual cocktail reception to honor local individuals and organizations that embody GLBTQ DVP’s mission of providing support & services to GLBTQ victims & survivors of domestic violence.

The Spring Event will be held on Thursday, April 11th, 2013 at the Ames Hotel, Boston from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. General tickets are $75. Champion tickets are $250. The GLBTQ DVP champion ticket package includes two tickets and recognition as agency champions, for up to two individuals, in day-of-event material.

Spring Event Honorees

Lt. Governor Timothy Murray, chair of the Governor’s Council to Address Sexual and Domestic Violence, is a longtime supporter of GLBTQ rights and a staunch advocate for GLBTQ victims and survivors.

Kevin Doran, a GLBTQ survivor denied access to free domestic violence facial reconstructive services, is the complainant in a groundbreaking legal case to ensure others won’t encounter discrimination.

Verizon, a corporate pioneer in GLBTQ domestic violence philanthropy, was the first corporation to fund GLBTQ domestic violence programming at a significant level, and has done so for over 6 years.

Host Committee

event co-chairs:

David W. Brown & Benjamin Perkins
Randal Engelmann & Erik Gould

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Brian Boyle & Matt Savoie
Greg DeCenzo
Matt Foley
Chris Hemming
Scott Jones
Kevin Kealing
Stephen Ledbetter & Paul Sweeney
Timothy Munzert
Kelly Murphy
Brittney Nichols
Christopher Valente
Ruth Woods Dunham

Sponsors

Many thanks to our 2013 sponsors! Click the logos to learn more about this year’s Spring Event partners.

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Questions?

Contact the GLBTQ DVP Development Team
development@gmdvp.org or 617.354.6056

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GLBT Inclusive Violence Against Women Act Passes in the U.S. House of Representatives

February 28, 2013 – Earlier today, the US House of Representatives passed a GLBT-inclusive reauthorization of  the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), which provides critical funds for programs that serve survivors of domestic and sexual violence. The legislation already passed the Senate and now heads to President Obama, who has pledged to sign the bill into law.

The bill explicitly includes gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) individuals and represents the first Federal GLBT non-discrimination provisions.  The House passed the bill just three weeks after the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention release a report that GLB individuals experience rates of domestic and sexual violence equal to or greater than their heterosexual counterparts.

The unprecedented legislative achievement is the product of years of continuous advocacy by many GLBTQ organizations. The GLBTQ Domestic Violence Project (GLBTQ-DVP) has been an active member of the LGBT subcommittee of the VAWA Steering Committee and has worked hard to protect funding for GLBTQ services and to dismantle exclusive provisions of the previous version of VAWA.

“The new legislation is an important advancement in expanding the nation’s understanding of domestic violence to be inclusive of GLBTQ victims and survivors,” said Curt Rogers, Executive Director of GLBTQ-DVP. Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin stated that “it’s tremendous that both Republican and Democratic leaders came together to ensure that all domestic violence victims, including those who are LGBT, will not face discrimination when they seek services.”

While the new legislation does explicitly include GLBTQ survivors and opens new funding streams for services to these populations, the legislation also disqualifies GLBTQ organizations from accessing other VAWA funding sources that were previously available and are currently funding GLBTQ programs, such as VAWA’s “Culturally-Specific” grant programs.

While it is hoped that the new legislation will mean a net gain in service dollars for GLBTQ victims and survivors, the immediate impact is unclear. It is imperative that the newly funded GLBT-inclusive “Underserved Populations” grant program is initiated immediately and begins funding GLBTQ programs before those that are currently funded through the “Culturally-Specific” grant programs lose access to funding due to new exclusive language. Massachusetts currently has two “Culturally-Specific” VAWA grants for GLBTQ victims representing $600,000 in service dollars that could be in jeopardy.

The reauthorization of VAWA represents a significant step toward recognizing the experience of GLBTQ victims and survivors of domestic and sexual violence. Although there is still much work to be done to ensure continuity of service for GLBTQ survivors, the bill marks a historical achievement for GLBTQ communities.

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GMDVP Announces New Name

 

Name Change Announcement

We are excited to formally announce our name change from the Gay Men’s Domestic  Violence Project to the
GLBTQ Domestic Violence Project.

In 1994, we were initially founded to provide support and services for gay male victims and survivors of domestic violence; however, by 2000, our agency expanded its focus to include bisexual men and transgender individuals.

Two years ago, we engaged in a strategic planning process where stakeholders acknowledged the diversity of our clients and expanded the mission to include all gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer communities. The name change reflects our new mission and our dedication to delivering support and services to GLBTQ victims and survivors of domestic violence.

We believe that all victims and survivors deserve support and services that are culturally competent and that regardless of an individual’s sexual orientation and/or gender identity/expression people have the right to be treated with dignity and respect. We hope you join us in this journey as we deepen our outreach and education efforts in GLBTQ communities and continue to advocate for equal access to domestic violence services for victims and survivors.

 

Thank you for your support,

 

 

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Take the Plunge | GMDVP’s 9th Annual Winter Plunge!

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On Sunday, February 24th at 12 pm the Gay Men’s Domestic Violence Project (GMDVP) is hosting its 9th Annual Winter Plunge! GMDVP and its supporters gather annually for the plunge into the icy Boston Harbor, in order to raise money to provide support and services to GLBTQ survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.

The event raises awareness about GLBTQ domestic violence, celebrates the work that GMDVP does within the GLBTQ community, and serves as an essential fundraiser that increases access to services for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. At the event you will find warm and friendly faces, live music and an agency that works tirelessly to advocate for and support GLBTQ survivors.

Costumes are a vibrant part of the plunging tradition, but optional for plungers. Outfits will range from drag queens to penguins to Elvis Presley. The winter plunge is a great way for the community to support GMDVP, with plungers raising funds in the style of walk-athons. Last year alone, the plunge raised over $12,000 for GMDVP and was put toward services for GLBTQ survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.

Take the Plunge

We are currently recruiting plungers to dive into Carson Beach with us this February! If you register to plunge with GMDVP, we ask that you set a target fundraising goal of $500 (we ask each participant to raise a minimum of $100).

Don’t forget your costume! There is a long-standing tradition of quirky costumes, including an annual appearance by our resident Ice Queen. Although costumes are a big part of the day, they are optional. We have several participants each year in swimwear!

If you are interested in plunging with us this February, email us to register at crogers@gmdvp.org or call us at 617-354-6056.

  • Fundraising Commitment: $500 dollars (minimum requirement $100)
  • Time: 10:45 am – 1:00 pm on Sunday, February 24th, 2012
  • Location: Carson Beach (meet at the boat house)
  • Costume: The quirkier the better! Feel free to contact us if you need help thinking of a great costume!

Support Your Friends

Pledge money to your friend and watch them jump into icy cold water? Come down to Carson Beach to join us for this event and celebrate the work of GMDVP! The support from friends and spectators help to make this event really special. Your presence not only helps to cheer on the plungers, but it also raises awareness around the importance of this issue within the GLBTQ community. Come show support this winter, listen to live music and meet new people!

Donate Today!

If you’re unable to plunge, but are interested in support GMDVP please feel free to pledge to one of the plungers! All donations help GMDVP to provide support and services to GLBTQ survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.

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GMDVP Receives Verizon Grant for Education & Outreach Program

Gay Men’s Domestic Violence Project Receives Verizon Foundation Grant for Education Outreach Program
Thursday, December 6th, 2012

Stephanie Lee, Regional Director of Public Affairs, Verizon

State Representative Kay Khan

Curt Rogers, Executive Director, GMDVP

Kevin Kealing, Board Chair, GMDVP

Matt Foley, Director of Client Services, GMDVP

The Gay Men’s Domestic Violence Project (GMDVP) received a $10,000 Verizon Foundation grant to support a domestic violence prevention program that educates gay, bisexual, transgender and queer men about domestic violence and the role they can play in responding to it.  Campaign goals are to empower men to speak out against domestic violence, act as positive influencers to other men, and provide awareness and resources to the community.

The award was presented Wednesday, December 5th at 3:30 pm at the Family Justice Center, 989 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston. Massachusetts Representative Kahn and Verizon Regional Director of Public Affairs, Stephanie Lee, attended the event in order to show their support for the work of GMDVP.

GMDVP is one of 19 nonprofit agencies across Massachusetts that will receive a total of $220,000 in grants to support domestic violence prevention and services programs. This year, the Verizon Foundation focused its funding on programs that engage men in domestic violence awareness and prevention; mobilize teens to engage in healthy relationships and in spreading domestic violence prevention; help survivors transition through economic empowerment programs; and support families through healthcare initiatives.

“The Verizon Foundation is working to help stop the cycle of violence by providing financial, technical and human expertise to organizations that focus on education, prevention, victim relief and empowerment,” said Stephanie Lee.  “We appreciate GMDVP’s leadership on this important issue, and are proud to support them in their mission to ensure domestic violence survivors are able to live safer, healthier and happier lives.”

Kevin Kealing, GMDVP’s Board Chair, underscored the importance of the Verizon Foundation grant. “Verizon’s leading role in domestic violence philanthropy is already a model for other corporations. However, their ongoing support of GMDVP also encourages corporations to be mindful of marginalized domestic violence victim populations. Verizon’s support is critical to our ability to meet the needs of GLBTQ survivors.”

The Verizon Foundation is focused on accelerating social change by using the company’s innovative technology to help solve pressing problems in education, health care and energy management. Since 2000, the Verizon Foundation has invested more than half a billion dollars to improve the communities where Verizon employees work and live. Verizon’s employees are generous with their donations and their time, having logged more than 6.2 million hours of service to make a positive difference in their communities. For more information about Verizon’s philanthropic work, visit www.verizonfoundation.org; or for regular updates, visit the Foundation on Facebook (www.facebook.com/verizonfoundation) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/verizongiving).

GMDVP provides crisis intervention for GLBTQ victims and survivors of intimate partner abuse and sexual assault. GMDVP works with all survivors regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. GMDVP’s offerings include education, advocacy, and direct services including a 24-hour domestic violence hotline, an emergency safe-home and legal advocacy. GMDVP has been providing services for 19 years and serves Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut. 24 hour hotline: 800.832.1901

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Halloween Party a great success!!!

Despite the impending storm on Sunday evening, GMDVP supporters braved the weather to celebrate our 15th annual Halloween Party! Hosted at The Estate Boston, the Halloween Event included a a costume contest, party, and silent auction.

Attended by Batman and Robin, Austin Powers, a “Binder Full of Women”, the Gray Lady, and many sailors, the Halloween Party offered a chance for folks to dance to the beats of ((((Group Hug)))) deejays Nathanel Bluhm and BRDR or hang out in the velvet chairs along the balcony and watch Mizo Fizo’s psychedelic visuals. Emcee Kris Knievil keep the silent auction energy moving as attendees vied for hot packages including a trip to Paris, a sunset sail on a private yacht, and private skating lessons from Olympians Matt Savoie and Suna Murrray. And, at the end of the evening, guests headed to Underbar to make the most of their complimentary entry into Chris Harris Presents Halloween.

We at GMDVP would like to thank everyone who contributed to the Halloween Party- from our sponsors and auction donors, volunteers and attendees. We already can’t wait to celebrate with you all next year!

Keep visiting our Facebook Fanpage to see more photos!

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