Since 1986 the Colorado Anti-Violence Program has been dedicated to eliminating violence within and against the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) communities in Colorado, and providing the highest quality services to survivors.
The Colorado Anti-Violence Program envisions a Colorado where Transgender, Gender non-conforming, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Queer people have the power to determine the conditions of their lives, are valued for who they are, take responsibility for each other's safety, and live their lives free from violence. We seek to live in a society where all sexualities, gender expressions, and gender identities are embraced and celebrated as valuable identities that make our communities vibrant. CAVP aspires to create a culture of liberation where people are inspired to heal the wounds of injustice and end the cycles that continue them. We approach our work from a deepplace of love, with grace and humility, and theknowledge that we do not have all the answers we seek both individually and collectively. While our analysis is rooted in LGBTQ identities, we see ourselves as participants in broader struggles of liberation. Within CAVP we come into community with each other under an LGBTQ umbrella; however, we each have our own unique experiences, histories, identities, privileges, and oppressions. We bring our whole selves to the work, respecting and honoring each other's differences. A Colorado where gender, sexuality, and identity are no longer policed, medicalized, criminalized, and repressed with internalized, interpersonal, and systemic violence, is not only necessary but possible. People are their own experts and must be free to have complete self determination. CAVP seeks to address violence on a community-based level, not relying on police and prisons, rather developing our own processes that maintain the humanity of survivors, victims and those that cause harm. Community-based accountability builds networks of safety and support, commits to the ongoing development of all members of the community and works to create a process for people to account for their actions and transform their behavior. We understand that in order to end violence we must continuously work to transform the root causes of violence in all forms large and small. We understand that liberation requires the abolition of all forms of oppression and a renewed commitment to the creation and maintenance of strong, healthy, vibrant individuals, communities, and cultures.