Due to the ongoing COVID-19 public health emergency, our hours of operation at 1340 Boylston Street and Fenway: South End have changed.
1340 Boylston Street – Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 5:30 pm; Saturday 9:00 am – 1:00 pm. Telehealth and in-person appointments 617.927.6000.
Fenway: South End – Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 5:30 pm. Telehealth and in-person appointments 617.247.7555.
We have also consolidated clinical staff from the Sidney Borum, Jr. Health Center to 1340 Boylston and the South End. Borum patients can continue to call 617.457.8140 to make appointments at one of those locations or for telehealth services.
Medical and Behavioral Health telehealth visits may occur outside of these hours.
Welcome to Fenway Health’s Violence Recovery Program
Free counseling and advocacy, specializing in services to the LGBTQIA+ community.
Fenway Health’s Violence Recovery Program (VRP) provides counseling, support groups, advocacy, and referral services to survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and anti-LGBTQIA+ hate violence. VRP staff have specialized training and experience in working with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQIA+) individuals.
Over the past month, our local LGBTQIA+ community has mourned the death of Jahaira DeAlto, a beloved friend and mother figure to so many. Jahaira was a tireless advocate for transgender folks and survivors of domestic and sexual violence, as well as a legendary member of the Boston ballroom community. As the people who knew and loved Jahaira continue to struggle with this loss, and more still are traumatized by yet another murder of a trans woman of color, the VRP would like to reiterate that we are always here to support our community members.
The VRP is offering immediate access to grief support/counseling sessions for those impacted by the senseless loss of Jahaira. To learn more or request a session, please call us at 617.927.6250.
We are also working to compile a list of therapists in the community who are willing and able to volunteer their time to provide free counseling to those impacted by Jahaira’s death. If you are a therapist and interested in being on this list, please call us at 617.927.6250.
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month—a time to draw attention to the prevalence of sexual assault and educate individuals and communities about how to prevent it.
Sexual harassment, abuse, and assault are widespread problems. According to statistics gathered by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV), nearly one in five women and one in 67 men have been raped at some time in their lives (Smith et al., 2017), and that one in six boys and one in four girls is sexually abused before the age of 18 (Dube et al., 2005) in the United States alone.
Sexual harassment, assault, and abuse happen in all communities including online spaces. As more and more people have moved online for school, work, and entertainment over the past year due to COVID-19 restrictions, the prevalence of online abuse and harassment has only increased. Consent and boundaries can be violated online in a number of ways, and the trauma of online abuse is all too real for many survivors.
2021 marks the twentieth anniversary of SAAM, and the theme of this year’s campaign is “We Can Build Safe Online Spaces.” The campaign calls on us to create online spaces that are built on the foundational values of practicing consent, keeping kids safe, and supporting survivors.
Each of us has the power to effect change. We can all make a difference to ensure that our online communities are safe and respectful for everyone.
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The Violence Recovery Program at Fenway Health exists:
- To provide services to survivors of violence
- To provide information and support to friends, family, and partners of survivors
- To raise awareness of how interpersonal violence affects LGBTQ communities
- To ensure that LGBTQ survivors of violence are treated with sensitivity and respect
- To offer trainings and information on services for LGBTQ survivors
- To contribute to national statistics on violence within and against LGBTQ communities
Learn more about our #ustoo campaign
- Partner Abuse/Domestic Violence: Abuse is a pattern of power and control and may include verbal, psychological, financial, sexual, physical or cultural abuse. Abuse can happen in any type of relationship, including dating, polyamorous relationships, and marriages.
- Sexual Assault: Sexual assault includes any type of unwanted sexual experience. Sexual violence and exploitation can occur as a one-time or recurrent event with strangers, partners, relatives or acquaintances. It can happen in the context of relationships or hook-ups and can involve drugs or other substances.
- Hate Violence & Police Misconduct (Anti-LGBTQ Discrimination): LGBTQ people may experience violence or discrimination based on identified or perceived sexuality or gender identity/expression, both within and outside of the United States. They may experience verbal or physical abuse, denial of services, or discrimination and mistreatment at work or from government agencies or law enforcement. Some LGBTQ asylum seekers have had to flee their countries because of anti-LGBTQ violence
We offer counseling and advocacy in both English and Spanish. Services are offered at Fenway’s 1340 Boylston Street location, AIDS Action at 75 Amory St, the Borum at 75 Kneeland St, and at locations in Western Massachusetts, Fall River, and Cape Cod. To access our services, call 617.927.6250 or 800.834.3242 (toll-free in MA).
TOD@S: A Project for Black and Latin@ LGBQT People Affected by Partner Abuse
TOD@S is an inter-agency collaboration designed to improve and increase access to intervention and prevention services for LGBQ/T Black and Latin@ people affected by partner abuse.
TOD@S es una colaboracion interinstitucional diseñada para mejorar y aumentar el acceso a los servicios de intervención y prevención para las comunidades LGBQ/T latinas y de ascendencia africana afectadas por el abuso entre pareja.
TOD@S Community Needs Assessment
In order to assess the needs of Black and Latin@ LGBTQ people affected by partner abuse in Boston and the greater Boston area, TOD@S developed an online community needs assessment (hereafter referred to as “community assessment”) to better understand the following:
- Attitudes and beliefs about partner abuse in Black and Latin@ LGBTQ communities,
- What Black and Latin@ LGBTQ people think about the existing partner abuse infrastructure and services in the Boston area (shelters, organizations, counseling, etc.), and
- Why Black and Latin@ LGBTQ people in the Boston area may or may not take advantage of these resources.
The intention of this assessment is to begin a discussion among partner abuse service agencies and agencies that serve Black and Latin@ people in the Boston area, about how to meet the needs of people living with multiple (often marginalized) identities when they are abused by their partners. We have made recommendations for local service providers to better meet the needs of the Black and Latin@ LGBQT people living in Boston and the Greater Boston area based on the community assessment findings.
Click to view the TOD@S Community Voices Needs Assessment.
It’s important to know that people who have experienced violence may have a range of feelings and reactions. While each person is different, many survivors feel frightened, overwhelmed, angry, numb, depressed, or irritable. Some have difficulty sleeping, are afraid to go out, or can’t stop thinking about the violence or abuse. We provide short-term individual counseling to survivors to help survivors cope with and reduce their symptoms. Many survivors find talking about their experiences with a counselor to be an important part of recovering.
Interpersonal violence, in any of its forms, can be a very isolating experience. For this reason, the act of giving and getting support with others who have had similar experiences can be a powerful part of healing. Groups also offer a chance to learn information about the impacts of trauma and how to cope with them and reduce them. Groups are offered periodically, depending on demand. All groups are free. Group enrollment starts with an intake to go over the group agenda, format, timeframes and any questions. For more information about the groups or to schedule an intake, please call 617.927.6250 or 800.834.3242.
Current groups include:
Trauma Education Group
The Trauma Education Group is a free, 9-week group for LGBTQ people who have experienced abuse, violence or other trauma. Discussions will focus on the effects and symptoms of trauma in general and how to cope with them. Personal stories of trauma will not be shared. Groups are run two to three times a year at Fenway’s 1340 Boylston Street location.
Male Survivor Group
This is a 9-week trans-inclusive men’s group which gives participants information on healthy boundaries, self-care, safety, red flags and developing healthy relationships. This group is offered periodically in VRP’s Cape Cod location and at 1340 Boylston St, Boston.
Domestic Violence Survivor Group
The VRP group for survivors of intimate partner/domestic violence is a psychoeducational and support group for survivors of abuse of any gender. This is an opportunity for survivors to learn more about the dynamics of domestic violence, gain support and insight from fellow survivors, decrease isolation through connection with others, and explore what healthy relationships may look like. This group does not require that someone has left the relationship or is planning to leave. The group is runs for 10 weeks, each session is an hour and a half. Offered in Boston locations.
- Retraining and anti-harassment orders
- Accessing services such as food banks or public benefits
- Accessing donations for clothing or toiletries
- With housing applications or housing issues
- Options for reporting harassment or bias at work, school, or in your building
- Court Accompaniment (when possible)
- Accessing legal services
- Making anonymous reports of anti-LGBTQ violence
- Reporting incidents of violence to police
- Connecting with affirming medical services
- Intakes for legal services provided by the Fenway Legal Project
- To get the help you deserve: the VRP can document the incident and help with counseling and advocacy.
- To document the crime: It is critical to document the ongoing harassment and violence against the LGBTQ communities. Attempting to capture the true extent of the violence against our communities prevents it from being minimized and allows us to more effectively advocate for survivor services and institutional changes.
- To prosecute perpetrators: Prosecution may stop a perpetrator from committing these crimes in the future. It may also help a survivor to find and feel a sense of justice. Filing a police report or reporting information anonymously to police can help.
- To deter other possible perpetrators-If the crime goes unpunished, it may send the message that this type of violence is okay. If there are similar crimes, reporting could allow the police to connect the evidence and prosecute the crimes.
- To receive compensation from the Victim Compensation Program. This fund is available to reimburse victims or surviving family members for out of pocket expenses related to the crime. These can include: medical, dental, counseling, or lost wages. In order to be eligible, a police report needs to be filed. The VRP can help with this application process. The decision to report a crime to the police is always left up to the survivor of the crime.
To anonymously report hate crime or same-sex domestic violence, call the VRP at 1.800.834.3242.
We also partner with the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs.
Training topics include:
- LGBTQ partner abuse/domestic violence
- Sexual assault in LGBTQ communities
- Male survivors of sexual assault
- LGBTQ-specific hate violence
- Transgender survivors of violence
- The LGBTQ domestic violence screening tool
- Trauma and recovery for LGBTQ survivors
We may be able to customize trainings for your group. To discuss or schedule a training, call 617.927.6250.
Images from the TOD@S #QTPOClove campaign