The Western New York Anti-Violence Project is here to support gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, and queer, questioning or gender non-conforming victims of violence, and to work to lessen and prevent violent crimes against the LGBTQ community.

Who we are:

  • We are members and allies of the LGBTQ+ community
  • We see violence against our community going unaddressed
  • We are convinced it doesn't have to be this way
  • We are committed to making a difference
  • We are looking for othes like ourselves who want to help

What we do:

  • We advocate for the LGBTQ+ Community 
  • We educate about the issues affecting LGBTQ+ persons
  • We monitor police response and the court system
  • We provide awareness information 
  • We provide support groups for LGBTQ survivors of violence
  • We provide short-term crisis counseling
  • We make referrals for long-term support
  • We provide safety awareness information and training
  • We provide speakers for schools, churches, other groups
  • We provide information of value to LGBTQ+ persons


Some recent and planned programs:

  • Bystander Training
  • Workshops on Consent and Safe Play
  • "A Piece of the Pie", secure housing and individual ownership
  • Name Change assistance
  • Presentations on Elder Issues
  • Programs for LGBTQ+ Families
  • LGBTQ+ Veterans' Issues workshops
  • How to Be an Ally for the LGBTQ+ Community
  • De-Escalation Techniques