Increasing Accessibility for LGBTQ+ Survivors and Victims
Prevention Peer Network
Building internal capacity to provide responsive services before engaging in population specific outreach and awareness activities, is an important part of prevention planning. LGBTQ+ communities experience many barriers when seeking DV/SA services. Because of the presence of homophobia within many formal systems, it is essential that service providers evaluate their own agency culture and service delivery to ensure their organization is a safe space for LGBTQ+ survivors and victims. After dedicating considerable resources to this work, Catalyst is recognized as an ally by LGBTQ+ community members and groups. Building on the trainings Catalyst developed to help their own staff appropriately serve LGBTQ+ victims, they are now working with DV/SA agencies in their region to increase the availability of culturally relevant and respectful services in Northern California. Melody Proebstel, Education & Outreach Program Coordinator will talk about what this process looks like and ways that other agencies might be able to reflect on their own accessibility as she details the planning process.