The Anti-Violence Project at the Center on Halsted empowers lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and HIV-affected communities and allies to end all forms of violence through organizing and education, and supports survivors through counseling and advocacy.

The Anti-Violence Project at the Center on Halsted is also a founding member of the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP). NCAVP works to prevent, respond to, and end all forms of violence against and within LGBTQ communities. NCAVP is a national coalition of local member programs and affiliate organizations who create systemic and social change. They strive to increase power, safety, and resources through data analysis, policy advocacy, education and technical assistance.

Programs and Services

Incident Reporting & Assistance

LGBTQ Violence Resource Line: 773.871.CARE (2273)

Center on Halsted’s Violence Resource Line (VRL) was created in response to the growing need for specific assistance for LGBTQ and HIV+ survivors of violence, along with their allies. Individuals who have personally experienced, witnessed, or know of a friend who has experienced discrimination, targeted hate violence, domestic/intimate partner violence, sexual assault, violence from any professional, including law enforcement, or other types of violence, may call the VRL to be connected with agencies, services, and other providers.

The VRL has information on various Chicagoland agencies including, (but not limited to): hotlines, shelters and housing, domestic and sexual violence resources, legal and medical assistance, and crime victim compensation. These agencies have been screened by AVP to confirm LGBTQ-friendliness and accessibility. The line also provides callers with safety planning and crime reporting assistance. The VRL is answered during regular business hours, Monday through Friday, 9 AM-5 PM, and callers can expect a response within one business day. If you or someone you know has been affected by violence, please call 773.871.CARE (2273) or at

Trauma-Focused Therapy

AVP provides trauma-focused therapy (individual, group, and couples/relationship) of to those who have been impacted by any type of violence or trauma. Therapy is focused on addressing current symptoms and/or concerns associated with experiencing trauma. Symptoms may include (but are not limited to): avoidance behaviors, mood instability, difficulty in interpersonal relationships, thoughts of suicide or self-harm, flashbacks and/or nightmares, feelings of guilt or shame, and feeling jittery. Our staff are licensed and trained in evidence-based therapies for trauma, especially as it impacts LGBTQ individuals, families, partners, and communities.

Currently we offer two trauma-focused therapy groups:

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) for Trauma
A group for individuals who have experienced trauma and have difficulty managing intense emotions and engaging in successful relationships. Based on the four pillars of DBT—mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness, members learn a variety of skills to help deal with every day and longstanding concerns.

Trauma Recovery Group
A goal-oriented group focused on decreasing the impact of trauma through structured work on a specific aspects of recovery for people who have done trauma-focused work in the past.

To find out more information, contact or 773.472.6469 EXT 460.

Professional Training

In addition, we provide regular training to law enforcement agencies, court personnel, rape crisis workers, domestic violence organizations, government agencies, hospitals, mental health providers, schools and community centers about the specific needs facing LGBTQ, queer, questioning and HIV-affected victims and survivors of violence. Our training is available to any group or organization interested in issues of discrimination, safety and advocacy. This service is fee based. For further information, contact Jessica Punzo at or 773.661.0740.

Contact Us

If you would like more information about our programs, you can contact Jessica Punzo at or 773.661.0740, or Rachel Tillman at or 773.472.6469 EXT 438


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