Free counseling and advocacy specializing in services to the LGBTQ community.
Fenway Health’s Violence Recovery Program (VRP) provides counseling, support groups, advocacy, and referral services to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) vicitms of bias crime, domestic violence and sexual assault.
Cape Cod Office
Western Mass Office
Jamaica Plain Office
Fall River Office
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people deserve to live happy and healthy lives free from violence and abuse. Fenway’s Violence Recovery Program provides free and confidential support for LGBT people who have experienced partner abuse /domestic violence, sexual assault, hate violence (including identity-based asylum seekers), or police misconduct.
We specialize in serving LGBTQ-identified people who have experienced the following types of recent violence:
- Partner Abuse and Domestic Violence: Abuse is about 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-LGBT Discrimination): LGBT people may experience violence or discrimination based on identified or perceived sexuality or gender identity/expression. LGBT people may experience verbal or physical abuse, refusal to assist people who have experienced harm, or unequal application of the law.