OutFront Minnesota's Anti-Violence Program (AVP) is a broad-based effort to end violence and harassment against and within LGBTQA-identified communities in Minnesota. We work to build safety and power of survivors and community members as well as work to create opportunities for support and healing through the provision of crisis intervention, advocacy, counseling, community education and outreach. To attain equity for LGBTQ people, we approach our work through an intersectional lens that honors survivors’ many layered identities. We believe that everyone has the right to be safe from harm regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression.
We work to create social change at every level -- from the individual to the community to the state. In the AVP, we believe that social changes occurs when we:
- Work to prevent violence from occurring against our community members through education and increased visibility
- Help survivors find their own paths to healing and empowerment through safe and effective support services
- Work with other organizations to create a strong network of well trained and support service providers throughout Minnesota
We have a holistic understanding of violence in the AVP and define violence in a broad way. We believe that the spectrum of violence includes everything from everyday microagressions to physical and emotional violence. Each act of violence, in and of itself, should be acknowledged, named and addressed in ways that are relevant and important to the people we work with. We work with anyone who has experienced any sort of trauma, violence and/or discrimination based on their sexual orientation and/or gender identity/expression-whether actual or perceived.
We offer support and advocacy services to LGBTQA-identified survivors of domestic violence/intimate partner violence, sexual violence, and hate/bias violence. We know that the healing journey begins when people feel listened to, supported and believed. We also believe that victim/survivors themselves belong at the center of their healing process and that, as advocates, our role is to support them in whatever shape that takes.
Our current services include a crisis line, individual counseling, court accompaniment and other forms of advocacy support, community based support groups, and community education/outreach.
All of our services are free and confidential.
At OutFront Minnesota's Anti-Violence Program, we want to hear from you. In order for the Anti-Violence Program to create a clear picture of hate or bias related victimization in Minnesota, we need reports of your experiences as LGBTQ or allied community members. Report it »
For More Information Contact
Anti-Violence Program Director