The GLBTQ Domestic Violence Project (GLBTQ-DVP) specializes in services for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer victims and survivors of domestic and sexual violence located in Southern New England. They provide services to all victims and survivors regardless of gender identity/expression or sexual orientation.
GLBTQ-DVP is a grassroots organization, formerly called the Gay Men’s Domestic Violence Project. The organization was founded by a gay male survivor of domestic violence and developed through the strength, contributions and participation of the community. This year GLBTQ-DVP helped over 650 survivors by offering a myriad of services including a 24-hour hotline to support survivors and a short-term safe home space for victims of domestic violence, their friends and families.
Located within the Family Justice Center on Commonwealth Avenue in Brighton, the agency also offers their clients counseling, case management, group counseling, and special workshops for survivors of domestic violence, intimate partner violence, and sexual assault. In addition, they help support survivors through the complex legal system, including interaction with the police and court systems.
“The office is an old school room and the walls were barren and beige before the art arrived,” says Matt Foley, Director of Client Services. “We gathered staff and clients to come together to pick out the artwork… we had a lot of fun! Now our clients enjoy seeing the art they picked on our walls.”
They selected 13 works by 11 artists in October 2013. “I sit in the back of the room so I can see all the pieces and I still remember who picked which piece,” says Matt. Because the majority of their clients have experienced trauma and abuse, having a welcoming and uplifting environment for clients through the display of artwork will help put clients at ease, but will also acknowledge the important role that artistic expression can play in overcoming trauma and abuse.
For more information about the GLBTQ Domestic Violence Project, visit http://www.glbtqdvp.org/