OMF recently launched a fresh and new www.coavp.org for the Colorado Anti-Violence Program (CAVP). Eleanor Dewey, CAVP's Director of Youth Organizing, answers a few questions here about what CAVP does in our community and how they use media to share their story.
Please provide a brief description of your organization.
For 26 years, the Colorado Anti-Violence program has been working on the ground to eliminate violence and increase safety within Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer communities throughout Colorado. CAVP connects with survivors and victims of violence through our Advocacy program, providing resources, referrals, a 24 hour hotline, and on-going one-on-one support to community members. Our Training and Education Program trains hundreds of service providers, shelters, schools, organizations, law enforcement and community members each year, ensuring services and spaces are accessible, safe and accepting of all LGBTQ people. CAVP in the last three years has also begun a youth project, Branching Seedz of Resistance, using strategies of community organizing, art, media, and popular education to spark dialogue, educate and empower youth to take action to prevent violence.
What are the issues that you are trying to bring to a larger audience?
Our work serves as not only a resource to survivors, but is a tool to raise community awareness about violence within and against the LGBTQ community and the creative ways we can all prevent further violence. CAVP seeks to address violence on a community-based level, not relying on police and prisons, rather by developing our own processes that maintain the humanity of survivors, victims and those that cause harm. We understand that in order to end violence we must continuously work to transform the root causes of violence in all forms large and small.
What are some of your primary goals for 2013?
In 2013 we will be strengthening our advocacy program through implementing new technologies and innovative strategies to connect with and support more survivors of violence in rural and urban Colorado. Our greatest impact as a training and education program comes when we offer ongoing, in depth, and comprehensive training series to organizations and individuals. 2013 will see an increase in our partnerships and comprehensive trainings resulting in policy and systemic change that will increase LGBTQ community support, safety and justice. Branching Seedz of Resistance aka BSEEDZ will be releasing Rainbow Warriors in early 2013, a short film about the resilience LGBTQ youth of color experience in the face of suicide.
Tell us about your experience working with OMF.
OMF did an excellent job of taking our vision and needs for a website and developed a gorgeous, practical, accessible site for CAVP and BSEEDZ. With staff support and training from OMF, we are able to easily update and expand our site, keeping it always relevant and useful for our community.
How has your website helped accomplish CAVP's mission?
Our new website serves as a powerful gateway for survivors and community to access services, request trainings and get connected to CAVP as a volunteer or donor. Our site will continue to serve as an information hub, providing news, educational materials, videos, curriculum, and information for survivors and their friends and family.