Anti-Violence Project

ANTI-VIOLENCE 24 HOUR CRISIS HOTLINE

1 (800) 553-9387

shadow peopleThe SAAF Anti-Violence Project envisions a society in which all lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning persons are safe, respected, and live free from violence, discrimination, harassment, and oppression.

To achieve this goal the SAAF Anti-Violence Project works to prevent, respond to and end all forms of violence against and within the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning communities of southern Arizona. We advocate for survivors of violence and provide resources for the safety and support of survivors, their friends, and family members. If you are in crisis, please call our 24-Hour Bilingual Crisis Line at: 520-624-0348 or 1-800-553-9387.

Anti-Violence Project Services

  • Crisis Intervention. Our 24-hour Bilingual Crisis Line is available 24 hours-a-day, 7 days-a-week, 365 days-a-year. Our staff and trained volunteers offer crisis intervention, safety planning, referrals, and support to LGBTQ survivors of violence. Support is available in both English and Spanish. All calls are confidential, and callers may remain anonymous.
  • Case Management. We offer ongoing crisis intervention, safety planning, and goal planning based on the needs and wishes of survivors. We assist with survivors with basic needs such as food, transportation, and linkage to public benefits. We provide advocacy and support for clients choosing to seek orders of protection, attend court proceedings, and obtain victim benefit/entitlement counseling. We can also provide linkages to other services that clients may require such as medical care, mental health counseling, support groups as needed. The client and the AVP Case Manager will work together towards achieving the client’s goals and adjust the service plan as needed and determined by the client. Case Management availability is limited by the capacity of case managers to accept new clients and may not always be available.
  • Short Term Emergency Shelter. Shelter is available for LGBTQ survivors of violence who become homeless fleeing violence. Shelter is provided in the form of vouchers to local motels we partner with. Shelter availability is limited and may not always be available.
  • We offer several housing programs for persons who become homeless fleeing violence and require longer term support to achieve safety and stability. This includes rapid rehousing and transitional housing lasting roughly six months and permanent housing when appropriate. Housing capacity is limited and may not always be available.
  • Education and Training. Our staff work to raise awareness of the realities of violence against and within the LGBTQ+ community. We work to change public attitudes that tolerate or instigate violence by educating the broader community and service providers on LGBTQ cultural competency. We also offer trainings on the intersections of the LGBTQ community with domestic violence, sexual assault, sexual violence, and hate violence. Please contact us to request education or training.

Contact Us

Please email us or call us to make an appointment.

Call at 520-547-6190

We offer all our services in English and Spanish. Ofrecemos todos nuestros servicios en inglés y en español.

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The mission of the Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation is to cultivate a healthy and stigma-free society through transformative action.