KCAVP (Kansas City Anti-Violence Project) defines sexual assault as any sexual contact made without a person’s consent or permission, either by someone that person knows or by a stranger. These are criminal acts of power and control expressed through sexual aggression. Sexual assault also occurs in same-gender relationships. In fact, sexual assault happens in every part of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. Neither sexual orientation nor the offender’s gender changes the fact that rape and sexual assault are violent crimes
According to The Kansas City Anti-Violence Project “KCAVP defines domestic violence as a pattern of behaviors used by one person to exercise power and control over another person. Some people are often surprised to learn that domestic violence occurs in LGBT relationships to the same frequency and severity as it does among heterosexuals.
A bias crime (also known as a hate crime) is a criminal offense committed against a person or property out of hatred for who they are or who people think they are. These acts are motivated in whole or in part by the offender’s bias against a race, religion, ethnic/national origin group, or sexual orientation group. Almost every lesbian, gay man, transgender person, or bisexual person has experienced some form of bias crime or knows someone who has. Many LGBT individuals have become so used to violence being perpetrated against them that they tend to “expect” certain harassment for being LGBT. But the truth is, it’s never ok to be harassed or hurt because of who you are or who you’re perceived to be.”….Click here to Learn More about KCAVP.
The following is a list of advocacy resources for LGBTQ community members and friends and families. If you are in crisis please call RCASA’s hotline at 24/7 (540) 371-1666.
Northern Virginia/D.C. Metro Area
Arlington Gay and Lesbian Alliance
A non-partisan organization that strives to improve the quality of life and meet the needs of the gay and lesbian community throughout Arlington.
Address: P.O. Box 324
Arlington, VA 22210
Northern Virginia AIDS Ministry (NOVAM)
Youth education, prevention, awareness, testing and treatment services for residents of Northern Virginia.
Address: 03 W. Broad Street,
Falls Church, VA 22046
Phone (703) 533-5505
Fax (703) 533-5506
The TransGender Education Association of Greater Washington, DC (TGEA)
Non-profit aimed at providing support and education to the community on transgender topics. Meetings each month for members of the transgender community to socialize and receive information.
Address: P.O. Box 16036
Arlington, VA 22215
Fredericksburg HIV/AIDS Support Services
is a private, nonprofit organization whose mission is to help empower persons infected with and affected by HIV and AIDS, by acting as their advocate and providing emotional, educational and emergency financial assistance. It is through compassion and service that we educate and reach out to our communities.
Address: 415 Elm Street
Fredericksburg, Virginia 22401
phone (540) 371-7532
toll-free (800) 215-8121
fax (540) 371-8446
Non-profit serving the LGBT community of Fredericksburg, with an emphasis on active involvement in the eliminating of stereotypes and the betterment of other underserved groups in society.
Richmond Organization for Sexual Minority Youth (ROSMY)
Offering support groups, youth center with drop-in hours, youth support line, leadership opportunities, and volunteer training for sexual minority youth. Also connected with ROSMY Blue Ridge, based in Charlottesville.
Address: 2311 Westwood Ave
Richmond, VA 23230
Youth Support Line: 888-644-4390
Gay Community Center of Richmond
“We develop and help sustain organizations, programs and services that contribute to a vibrant Central Virginia community that shares our values of diversity, inclusion, individual dignity, equality and civic engagement.”
Address: 1407 Sherwood Avenue
Richmond, VA 23220
(804) 622-4646, ext. 21.
AIDS/HIV Services Group (ASGVA)
Prevention, education and testing.
Address: 953 2nd Street SE
Charlottesville, VA 22902
FOCUS Women’s Resource Center
Established Shelter for Help in Emergency (SHE) and Sexual Assault Resource Agency (SARA), TEENSIGHT to address the issue of teen pregnancy and parenting. Offers legal assistance, financial assistance, life skills coaching.
Address: 953 Second Street, S.E.
Charlottesville, VA 22902
Dominion Youth Services
Home to Horizon House, residential program for youth diagnosed with a DSM-IV disorder. Also offers day treatment, including in-house care and mental health support, and outpatient services including therapy for individual youth and families.
Address: P.O. Box 28526
Richmond, VA 23228
L.G.B.T. Youth Support Group for Young People Up to 20 year of Age or younger. Providing Support, Education, and Social Activities for L.G.B.T. Youth of Roanoke and Southwestern Virginia.
Mental Health Association of the New River Valley, Inc.
Free mental health services, peer support and family alliances for community members. Specializes in coping with grief and trauma, crisis intervention, parenting through separation and divorce.
Address: 303 Church St.
Blacksburg, VA 24060
Organizers and supporters of LGBT pride events in the Roanoke area, including Pride In The Park.
Meetings: MCC of the Blue Ridge
Address: 806 Jamison Ave. SE.
Hampton Roads Pride
Non-profit dedicating to instilling pride and celebrating unity of the LGBT community in the Hampton Roads area.
Address: P.O. Box 1064
Chesapeake, VA 23327
Virginia Conflict Resolution Center
Center for conflict resolution, offering youth training in conflict resolution, mediation, anti-bullying, disruptive behavior, judiciary education.
Address: 586 Virginian Drive
Norfolk, VA 23505
Tidewater AIDS Crisis Taskforce
Testing, awareness and resources for HIV/AIDS patients and communities in the Tidewater region.
Address: 9229 Granby St. 2nd Floor
Norfolk, VA 23503
757-583-1317 or 757-626-0127
LGBT Resource Center at the University of Virginia
Support for students, faculty, staff, alumni and community. Speakers, groups, free HIV testing.
Address: Newcomb Hall Room 435
P.O. Box 400701
George Mason University Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning Resources
Provides and supports curricular and co-curricular experiences that enhance the health and wellbeing, academic success, and personal development of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, and ally students, faculty, staff, alumni and their families and friends.
Address: SUB I, Room 2200
4400 University Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030
Gay-Straight Student Union (GSSU) at Christopher Newport University
Sponsors social, educational, and awareness-oriented functions for the community, as well as providing a confidential environment for LGBTQ students to discuss personal issues.
Address: One University Place
Newport News, VA
TABOO at Bridgewater College
Awareness-building outreach organization aimed at promoting education on issues such as eating disorders, alcohol abuse, sexual assault, sexually transmitted diseases, suicide prevention.
The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Alliance at Virginia Tech
Student organization offering programming and support to members of the LGBTQ community at Virginia Tech. Includes the LGBT Resource Center, the largest collection of LGBT print and video media in the New River Valley.
Address: 304 Squires Student Center
Blacksburg, VA 24061
Unity Alliance at Longwood College
Student organization seeking to raise awareness and understanding among LGBT as well as straight students, including the surrounding Farmville community.
PRISM (People for the Rights of Individuals of Sexual Minorities) at Mary Washington College
Organization seeking to bridge the gap between the LGBT and straight communities on campus, through support and programming.
Address: 1301 College Avenue
Fredericksburg, VA 22401
Radford University Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Student Union
Students seeking to promote positive change in the societal perception of sexual minorities in the Radford area.
Address: P.O. Box 6975
Radford, VA 24142
Education, outreach, and advocacy organization seeking equality for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Virginians. Research, education, legislative/public policy issues, campaigns to elect openly LGBT candidates to state and local office.
Address: 403 N. Robinson St, Richmond, VA 23220
ACLU of Virginia
Defending and preserving the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States. Known for litigation, educating the public and lobbying for rights-based issues.
Address: 530 East Main Street
Richmond, VA 23219
LGBT Democrats of Virginia
Political action committee geared towards endorsing and fundraising for LGBT-friendly candidates for public office.
National Alliance on Mental Health Virginia (NAMI Virginia)
Support and advocacy for people with mental illness and their families.
Address: P.O. Box 8260
Richmond, VA 23226-0260