SafeSpace Updates

on Friday, 21 April 2017. Posted in Safespace

SafeSpace Updates

Hello everyone!

As you may know, the SafeSpace office here at the Pride Center serves survivors of violence, harassment, and discrimination. We offer emotional support, provide resources, and connect people with organizations that can assist them in areas that we may not be able to, such as emergency housing. The reason we are able to offer these services is primarily through the Victims of Crime Act, or VOCA. Every year, we receive funding through VOCA in order to continue working with communities and individuals who need us.

Part of our work through VOCA includes gathering data about what kinds of communities we serve. This includes gender identity, sexual orientation, race and ethnicity, age, ability, and more. We would like to share a snapshot of the work we’ve been doing and the people we have been serving with all of you.

“We believe that the first step to eradicating violence in our community is to acknowledge that it is happening,” said Catarina Campbell of the SafeSpace office. Currently, the Pride Center is the only organization in Vermont that specifically serves LGBTQH+ adults statewide. “We think it is important to recognize the various experiences of members of our community, and to support those who need it,” Catarina said.

This quarter, from January 1 through March 31, we served 26 individuals. Of these 26 people:

  • 53% identified as having a disability (14 of 26)

  • 50% identified as trans* or gender nonconforming (13 of 26)

  • 15% lack secure and stable housing (4 of 26)

  • 65% of those we served were between the ages of 25 and 59 (17 or 26)

  • We provided approximately 115 units (about 30 hours) of emotional support

  • There were 49 instances of violence reported (some intersecting)

    • 35% of cases were hate violence (17 of 49)

    • 20% of cases were domestic violence (10 of 49)

    • 18% of cases were sexual violence (9 of 49)

    • 27% of cases were another form of violence (bullying, stalking, etc.)

If you or someone you know is seeking emotional support, legal counseling, housing assistance, or other resources, please reach out to SafeSpace. You can reach us by phone at 802-863-0003 Monday-Thursday from 10am-6pm, and on Fridays from 10am-2pm. You can also email us at SafeSpace@PrideCenterVT.org at any time. To report violence anonymously online: bit.ly/reportvt

-Alanna Moriarty, Blogging and Social Media Intern

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