Mission: Founded in 1979, CUAV is the nation's first LGBTQQ anti-violence organization. Our mission is to prevent and respond to violence against and within our diverse LGBTQQ communities. We accomplish this through peer-based counseling, direct assistance, education and outreach, grassroots organizing, and policy advocacy. Born in the wake of the tragic murders of Harvey Milk and George Moscone, our early focus on addressing hate violence was expanded five years later to encompass domestic violence as well. CUAV is one of the first agencies in the country to realize the gravity of domestic violence in our LGBTQQ communities. We continue to play a seminal role in local and national coordinated efforts to increase community safety.
Programs: CUAV's integrated package of services, advocacy, and community building promotes the health, safety, and healing of our communities. Through the following services, we provide an important strategic continuum of responsefrom prevention to intervention?against the various forms of violence that affect our communities on a daily basis: 24-hour Crisis Line: Our diverse volunteers and staff annually respond to over 1,200 calls from LGBTQQ people who are being harassed, threatened, attacked, or abused. A majority of these calls seek further assistance and services through our direct service projects. 24-hour Crisis Line: Our diverse volunteers and staff annually respond to over 1,200 calls from LGBTQQ people who are being harassed, threatened, attacked, or abused. A majority of these calls seek further assistance and services through our direct service projects. Domestic Violence Outreach and Education Project: Staff regularly conducts trainings for direct service providers, government agencies, and community groups to improve their responses to intimate partner violence in LGBTQQ communities. Domestic Violence Survivor Project: Project staff responds to approximately 400 survivors of domestic violence each year through restraining order assistance, case management, court accompaniment, emergency shelter assistance, in-person counseling, and advocacy. Hate Violence Survivor Project: Project staff offers case management and peer-based counseling each year to approximately 400 survivors of hate violence. We provide referrals to health services, safety planning assistance, criminal justice system advocacy, and other support services. Love & Justice Project: L&J is a program designed for queer youth of color 25 and under. It is a relationship abuse outreach and training project that organizes peer-based trainings for youth and youth services in the San Francisco Bay Area. We try to understand how oppression leads us to commit violence against ourselves and ways to support each other in overcoming our struggles. Speakers Bureau: Over 50 community members volunteer their time to reach approximately 3,000 people each year in public schools, government agencies, and community organizations. By providing a safe, open environment to talk about homo/bi/transphobia, we encourage respectful dialogue to end hate violence.