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In the weeks leading up to the street fair, we’re taking some time to introduce you to this year’s beneficiaries and share some information about the good work that you’re supporting.

The New York City Anti-Violence Project empowers lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and HIV-affected communities and allies to end all forms of violence through organizing and education, and supports survivors through counseling and advocacy.

AVP provides an extensive range of client services addressing many types of violence, including immediate crisis intervention, safety planning, short or long-term counseling, police, court and social services advocacy and accompaniment, information and referrals.  Their free bilingual (English/Spanish), 24-hour, 365-day-a-year crisis intervention hotline, is staffed by professional counselors and trained volunteers who respond to the immediate needs of LGBTQH victims and survivors of any type of violence.  AVP receives about 3000 hotline calls a year – an average of one call every 3 hours.

Additionally, AVP organizes responses to specific violent incidents throughout New York City and State and creates campaigns that address LGBTQH people’s safety.  They also collaborate with community leaders and community-based organizations at the local, state and national levels to raise awareness about the intersection of LGBTQH identity and violence. AVP’s Training and Education Institute trains thousands of community members, police, court staff, district attorneys’ offices, rape crisis centers, domestic violence agencies and other mainstream health and human service providers.

AVP also graciously hosts all of our Folsom Street East board and street fair planning meetings, for which we cannot thank them enough.

Learn how to become an AVP volunteer or make a donation.

If you or someone you care about has been affected by violence and needs help, call the AVP hotline at 212-714-1141.  All AVP services are free and confidential.