To connect with someone about support/services, or report an experience of discrimination with police, shelters, or other programs, please either
call our tollfree #: 1-888-557-4441 or email an advocate at firstname.lastname@example.org
Colorado Anti Violence Program provides programs that support the well-being of those impacted by violence by creating opportunities for healing, transformation and accountability.
Our services include:
- Advocacy-Based Counseling – CAVP offers emergency and ongoing advocacy-based counseling centered on survivors’ choices and self-determination. We work to create a supportive space for survivors to decrease isolation, understand the dynamics of abuse, heal from trauma, increase skills and build self-esteem on the road to creating the lives and relationships they want.
- Support Groups – Our support groups offer LGBT survivors opportunities to reduce isolation, build connections and share their stories in a supportive, engaging environment.
We're gearing up for our next support group series, the 2015 LGBTQ Relationship Group. This free 6-week group is for LGBTQ folks of all genders who have experienced intimate partner violence. Interested? Email us.
- Safety and Support Planning – We understand that survivors are the experts of their own experience. Advocates offer survivors consistent, ongoing support to build skills, choices and strategies to reduce harm, as well as rebuild connections to friends, family and community.
- Basic Legal Advocacy – Advocates can help you think through options and support you in navigating complex legal systems. We work to get survivors connected to skilled, LGBT-competent legal resources when necessary.
- Resources and Referrals – From housing, food banks and legal assistance to mental health programs and LGBT social support groups, CAVP advocates connect survivors and their families with the resources that meet their unique needs.
- How to Help Workshops - When they know how, friends and family can reduce a survivor's isolation, help survivors implement safety planning, offer practical support like a place to stay, childcare or rides, and provide much needed encouragement and support. Our workshops can help friends and family get the knowledge and skills they need.
- Accompaniment - We know that for many survivors, things like going to court, filing police reports, hospital appointments can be scary and overwhelming at times. Our advocates can go with you to those appointments if you'd like a supportive person with you.
How do I get support?
For many of the services above, you can get started by calling our 24-hr toll free hotline, 1-888-557-4441. Advocates will talk in depth with you about what’s happening and identify the best available resources in your community.
For counseling, please call the Advocacy Program at 303-839-5204, extension 2.
What if I don’t live in the Denver metro area?
No problem. CAVP is part of a national movement to address domestic violence in LGBTQ communities and has relationships with organizations in many parts of the state. We provide services to people all over and know that people are usually best served by providers with knowledge of the communities they live in. We do our best to connect people to the resources that will be most supportive for their needs—wherever they might be.
How much does it cost?
All of our services are FREE AND CONFIDENTIAL.
I’m worried about my friend. Can I call with questions?
Yes! As an organization rooted in the LGBT community, we understand the role friends and chosen family play in our lives. Advocates will speak with you about how you can help your loved one connect to resources, as well as how to offer strategies and information to a friend or family member who is experiencing abuse.
How do I know if these services are right for me?
We’d be happy to help you figure that out. Whether you feel certain of the support you are looking for or just have questions about issues in your relationship, advocates will spend time learning more about what’s happening in your life and work to get you connected to the best resources for your needs. We have staff and advocates from diverse backgrounds, identities and experiences in an effort to make our services as accessible as possible.
CAVP makes every effort to be accessible to individuals with varying identities, including those who identify as Deaf, Deafblind, DeafDisabled, Hard of Hearing, and welcome relay calls, or email messages requesting appointments for a chat via Video Relay Services.