Violence Recovery Program

The Fenway Health Behavioral Health Department is pleased to announce that starting Tuesday, September 7, we will be resuming in-person care services for new and established patients. Read more here.

Welcome to Fenway Health's Violence Recovery Program

Free counseling and advocacy, specializing in services to the LGBTQIA+ community.

Fenway’s Violence Recovery Program (VRP) provides counseling, support groups, advocacy, and referrals to survivors of domestic violence, sexual violence, hate violence, and police misconduct. We specialize in working with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) individuals.

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
  • To reach the VRP consult line: call 617.927.6250 or 800.834.3242 (Toll Free)
    * TTY 617.859.1256

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JOIN US NOVEMBER 20 FOR THE CAPE COD TRANSGENDER DAY OF REMEMBRANCE

You’re invited to join our Cape Cod community and beyond for a virtual celebration of life to honor and remember the victims of anti-transgender violence.
Guest speakers including River Pehrson, Naomi Wright, and Violeta K. Haralampieva, Staff Attorney at PAIR PROJECT.
Special performances will include El, Charlie Clark, and O’The Fool.
Sponsored by Eastern Bank and Nauset Interfaith Association.
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To Become a New Patient

617.927.6202

We Offer In-Person and Telehealth Appointments

Ansin Building

7th Floor 1340 Boylston Street Boston, MA 02215

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Fenway: South End

4th Floor 142 Berkeley Street Boston, MA 02116

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Sidney Borum, Jr. Health Center

2nd Floor 75 Kneeland Street Boston, MA 02111

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Fenway Health’s Violence Recovery Program is a member of
Jane Doe Inc.

Cape Cod Office

857.313.6681

Western Mass Office

857.313.6638

Boston Office

617.927.6250

Jamaica Plain Office

617.927.6250

Fall River Office

857.313.6696

Borum Office

617.927.6250

You deserve to live a happy and healthy life free from violence and abuse. Fenway’s Violence Recovery Program provides free and confidential support for people who have experienced violence. We have specialized in working with LGBTQ communities for 30 years. We offer services to people who have experienced:

  • 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 with similar experiences can be a powerful part of healing. Groups also offer a chance to learn information and explore skills that can help to better cope. For more information about any of the groups listed below, please call the Violence Recovery Program at 617.927.6250 or 800.834.3242.

Trauma Education Group

The Trauma Education Group is a free, 9-week group for LGBT people who have experienced abuse, violence or other trauma. Discussions will focus on the effects and symptoms of trauma in general, as opposed to each individual’s traumatic story or memories. Groups are run two to three times a year at Fenway’s 1340 Boylston Street location.

Male Survivor Group

Independence House and The Violence Recovery Program of Fenway Health are joining together to offer a support group for all individuals who identify as men, live on Cape Cod, and are survivors of domestic and/or sexual violence. This is a 9-week group which gives participants information on healthy boundaries, self-care, safety, red flags and developing healthy relationships. This group is offered at the VRP’s Cape Cod Office.

Asylum Seekers Group

The Asylum Seekers group is for LGBT people who have come to the United States seeking asylum due to identity-based persecution in their home country. The group will give participants a chance to share resources and knowledge about the Asylum process. Participants can be anywhere in the asylum process. This group is offered at Fenway’s 1340 Boylston Street location.

BIPOC LGBTQ+ Community Space

It is a safe(r), encouraging drop-in, support group for BIPOC LGBTQ+ survivors of trauma who are interested in building community and connection with others who hold shared identities and/or experiences. This is a semi-structured, ongoing group that centers BIPOC LGBTQ+ individuals and acknowledges the impacts of identity-based oppression on one’s healing journey. This group is not intended to be used as a space to process details of one’s individual trauma, but is intended to offer space for individuals to practice building healthy and supportive relationships with people who have similar experiences. The drop-in group will be running on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month from 5 pm – 6 pm. This space will be offered on an ongoing basis. Participants will be able to sign up for 6-session cycles and are able to sign up for multiple cycles if they are interested. This is an online via Zoom.

BIPOC Joy Group

This is a 12-week virtual support group for people that are seeking an intentional space to create more joy and resilience in their lives while building connections with others. Clients will be invited to participate in weekly group discussions centered around different topics and will be encouraged to participate in practices and activities on their own between sessions. The group will be Thursdays from 5:30 PM to 6:45 PM starting October 7th. Please note, this is a closed group.

Men’s Group for Survivors of Sexual Violence

This a 10-week virtual psychoeducational group for self-identified men who are survivors of sexual violence. The group focuses on understanding the various ways sexual trauma impacts men physically, psychologically, and socially; and offers coping strategies to address the harm caused by sexual violence.

 

VRP advocates offer support around various areas related to survivor’s needs. Advocates offer information on your options and offer support. Advocates do not offer advice and will not pressure you to use legal systems. Advocates can help offer information and support around:

  • 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

The Violence Recovery Program is committed to raising awareness of anti-LGBTQ hate crimes and LGBTQ domestic violence. We compile statewide statistics on rates of violence and abuse in LGBTQ communities so we can more accurately reflect the magnitude and nature of these crimes and how they affect our communities. You can help by calling us and anonymously reporting any incident you face or witness, regardless of whether or not you want to access our services. In collaboration with the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs, we release annual reports based on these statistics.

Why report?

  • 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.

The Violence Recovery program is committed to providing training and consultation to help organizations, providers, and community groups understand and respond to the needs of LGBTQ individuals affected by violence.

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

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