LGBTQ Sexual Violence Prevention and Accountability Project
New York City Anti-Violence Project in New York, NY created the first-of-its-kind LGBTQ-specific group for those who have been identified as “at risk” to act in a sexually coercive or violent way, or who have been identified (by self or others) as having perpetrated sexual violence. The project developed, piloted, and evaluated a curriculum, which draws from trauma-informed abusive partner intervention programs, adapted for LGBTQ people and relationships.
Developed a replicable 15-week group curriculum that is LGBTQ specific, trauma-informed, and psychoeducational to raise awareness and increase strategies for obtaining consent for sexual activity without coercion. Created screening tools, including intake assessment, and outreach materials for recruitment.
Discussed this work in various coalition spaces, conferences, and other groups, to continue to raise the profile of LGBTQ-specific response and preventive work inclusive of restorative and transformative justice practices. Some of these coalitions include: The New York City Sexual Violence Direct Services Provider Collaborative, the Coalition on Working with Abusive Partners (which AVP Co-Chairs), the Intimate Partner Violence Restorative Justice Coalition, the Mayor’s Task force on Domestic Violence, as well as borough-specific coalitions on intimate partner and sexual violence.
Participants took part in focus groups and completed pre and post-group evaluations.