History

GLBTQ-DVP was founded in 1994, as Support Services for Gay Male Victims of Violence, by a gay male survivor who was denied services by multiple mainstream domestic violence shelters while fleeing an attempted murder at the hands of his abusive partner.

The organization initially focused on creating services for gay male victims of domestic violence and soon changed its name to the Gay Men's Domestic Violence Project. The scope of focus for the organization began expanding almost immediately for the organization, first to include bisexual men and transgender individuals and then to include all GLBTQ communities.

Over the past 20 years, GLBTQ-DVP has been at the forefront of creating services for GLBTQ survivors in Southern New England and across the United States. We now serve over 650 survivors annually, providing a comprehensive array of support services for survivors. Some of our outstanding accomplishments over the years include:

• the first 24-hour GLBTQ-specific domestic violence hotline

• the first GLBTQ-specific residential facility for survivors

• the first high profile outdoor advertising campaign to raise awareness of GLBTQ domestic violence

• one of the first two GLBTQ domestic violence attorney programs

• the first federal grant award to identify an evidence-informed service model for GLBTQ survivors