Violence Recovery Program

Report Examines Trends In LGBTQ, HIV-Affected Hate Violence

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LGBTQ people and those living with HIV have long been disproportionately targeted for discrimination, hatred, and violence. While much progress has been made in recent years towards equality and hate crime legislation, these marginalized communities are still victimized at disturbing rates. To combat this violence, we must first ensure that it is properly documented. A new report by the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP) outlines the types and patterns of hate violence experienced by LGBTQ and HIV-affected Americans in 2016. The report was co-authored by researchers from anti-violence organizations across the country, including Cara Presley, Violence Recovery Program Manager 
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Fenway’s VRP Offering Post-Election Community Support Space

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On November 8, Americans elected a new president. Change can always bring with it a certain level of apprehension and uncertainty and there is no doubt a range of emotions and reactions to the election. Fenway Health’s Violence Recovery Program will be offering a post-election Community Support Space on November 29. Please join us for peer led discussion about the impact on the LGBTQ community of the recent presidential election. This will be a space to process and share thoughts and feelings that our communities may be struggling with post-election. More information can be found here. The meeting will be 
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Fenway’s VRP To Co-Facilitate Cape Cod Support Group for Male Survivors of Domestic or Sexual Violence

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The Violence Recovery Program (VRP) of Fenway Health is excited to announce its collaboration with Independence House, Inc. in launching a jointly facilitated “Male Survivor’s Support Group.” This group is for any persons identifying as men – straight, gay, or transgender – who is a survivor of domestic and/or sexual violence on Cape Cod. The group will begin on September 29 at 6:00 pm. Anyone interested in participating can call our Cape Cod VRP Advocate Anne Burke at 857.313.6681 or Independence House Hotline at 800.439.6507, or email aburke@fenwayhealth.org or  ChrisM@indhouse.net for more information. The Violence Recovery Program of Fenway Health 
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National Report on Hate Violence Against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and HIV-Affected Communities Released

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The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP) released its annual report this week titled Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and HIV-Affected Hate Violence in 2015. For this report, which is the most comprehensive of its kind to date, NCAVP collected data on 1,253 incidents of hate violence against LGBTQ and HIV-affected people from 13 local NCAVP member organizations in 11 states, including the Violence Recovery Program at Fenway Health. States contributing to the report included Texas, Colorado, Vermont, Minnesota, Missouri, Massachusetts, Michigan, California, New York, Ohio, and Arizona. For nearly twenty years, NCAVP has released reports on the pervasive and 
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Responding to the Violence in Orlando

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During the past few days, Boston’s LGBTQ community and our allies came together with joy and unity to celebrate our strength and pride, and we also joined in our horror and grief over the devastating act of violence targeting members of the LGBTQ community in Orlando, FL. This unconscionable act of hatred has left many reeling with feelings of heartbreak, anger and vulnerability during a month when we set out to honor and celebrate LGBTQ history, civil rights, visibility and unity. The violence at Pulse nightclub occurred on LGBTQ Latin night where transgender women of color were the headlining entertainers 
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