A New Safe Space for Help, Healing and Community

The Kansas City Anti-Violence Project (kcavp.org) has been a valuable community resource since 2003, serving LGBTQ survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and hate crimes. As the number of clients increased and leaders wanted to provide more services, the agency secured new space and funding.
KCAVP will keep its home base in Kansas City, while providing services throughout Missouri and Kansas. The agency recently hosted the grand opening of its Victim Services Center in Westport (4050 Pennsylvania Ave., Suite 135, Kansas City, Mo.).
The Victim Services Center will maintain walk-in hours from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, excluding holidays. As always, the crisis line, 816-561-0550, is available 24/7. Additionally, survivors of violence may reach staff at info@kcavp.org.
Crime-reporting via the website is also an option, and all information remains confidential. The services center has a kitchen, food pantry, gender-neutral restrooms, shared event space, offices, meeting/counseling areas and a waiting room. It even has a graffiti-proof front door bedecked in purple.
Validation, support and resources are three key components of anti-violence work. While KCAVP works both locally and regionally in LGBTQ violence awareness, prevention and victim advocacy, it also collects statistics for use on the national level.
Locally, KCAVP can help provide or arrange for counseling, short-term housing, food, clothing and other support for victims of violence. If you can help provide items on its wish list, please contact KCAVP. See the attached image for the detailed clothing closet, food pantry and support group wish list.
It is important to know that not all victims of violence choose to report incidents to the police. Reporting to KCAVP is a way to document these incidents even when law enforcement is not involved. KCAVP does not report crimes to law enforcement unless asked to do so by the victim.
How KCAVP is organized
KCAVP, a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation, is organized into three departments: Victim Services, Youth Services, and Outreach and Education. Stay tuned for a big announcement from KCAVP about its organizational structure.
Justin Shaw serves as the KCAVP executive director. Shaw’s staff includes Melissa Brown, programs director

Bradley Osborn

Brad has been writing for Camp since 2004. His beat is mostly local features and general LGBT news. Common topics have included youth, faith and community. Although he holds an M.A. in journalism, he primarily considers himself to be a chemist, having studied and worked in biochemistry, quantitative analysis, quality assurance and the production of educational science texts. He's laconic, unintentionally enigmatic and often facetious. He enjoys irony, as well as things – but not animals, apparently – that are simultaneously beautiful and utilitarian. He and his cat, Charlie Parker, reside in downtown Kansas City, Mo. If you have a story idea for Brad, send him a note at bosborn@campkc.com.

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