Rep. Nadler and the New York City Anti-Violence Program Announce New Federal Funding for LGBTQ and HIV-affected Survivors of Domestic Violence

Sep 16, 2015 Issues: LGBT Rights, New York and Our Neighborhoods

WASHINTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Jerrold Nadler (NY-10) and the New York City Anti-Violence Project (AVP) announced new federal funding that will help the organization run its services for LGBTQ and HIV-affected survivors of intimate partner violence. The 3 year, $400,000 grant supports AVP programs, such as one-on-one counseling, safety planning, and outreach efforts across New York’s five boroughs. It will also help AVP raise awareness and provide LGBTQ specific training to employees of mainstream domestic abuse centers. The funding comes from the Underserved Populations program, a new effort established by the 2013 Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) to reach more LGBTQ survivors, among other underserved populations.

“This funding will not only raise awareness of intimate partner violence within the LGBTQ and HIV-affected communities, but it will also help AVP continue its excellent work facilitating the recovery of domestic and sexual violence survivors,” said Congressman Nadler. “I laud AVP’s commitment to providing these crucial services to LGBTQ New Yorkers who have specific needs that often remain unmet by the traditional domestic violence support system.”

“We are so grateful to Congressman Nadler, for his ongoing support of LGBTQ and HIV-affected communities, and for supporting survivors of intimate partner violence in all communities," said Catherine Shugrue dos Santos, Director of Client Services at the New York City Anti-Violence Project. "This grant will allow AVP to deepen and expand our work reaching underserved LGBTQ survivors of intimate partner violence, sexual violence, and stalking, including those who are too often shut out of mainstream domestic violence programs, particularly transgender and gender non-conforming people of color, and gay men of color."