Anti-Violence Programs

Mission

The Wingspan Anti-Violence Programs (AVP) is a social change and social service program that works to address and end violence in the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people. We provide free and confidential 24-hour crisis intervention, information, support, referrals, emergency shelter, and advocacy to LGBT victim/survivors of violence. Additionally, we offer extensive outreach and education programs. See the Violence Defined section for more specific definitions of types of violence. If you are anyone you know may have a victim of violence, please call us.

If you are in crisis, please call our 24-Hour Bilingual Crisis Line at:
520-624-0348 or 1-800-553-9387.

AVP Services

AVP 24-hour Bilingual Crisis Line

Andrew Taking Call

The Wingspan AVP’s Bilingual Crisis Line is available 24 hours-a-day, 7 days-a-week, 365 days-a-year. Our staff and trained volunteers offer emotional and practical support to victims and survivors of violence. Support is available in both English and Spanish. All calls are confidential, and callers may remain anonymous.

Walk-In Hours

Walk-In Hours for anyone needing services from the Anti-Violence Programs are from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm at the Wingspan Community Center AVP Outreach Office located at 430 East 7th Street.

Demand can sometimes be high during walk-in hours. We suggest you call ahead to make an appointment. Please call (520)624-1779 and ask to speak to an Anti-Violence Programs staff person.

Bilingual Services

All services of the AVP are available in English and Spanish.

Ofrecemos todos nuestros servicios en español.

Emergency Shelter

Advocates are available to discuss temporary emergency shelter options.  Assistance with emergency supplies is available to victims of violence.

Community Organizing

Safer Schools March

AVP organizes the community to respond to acts of violence occurring around Southern Arizona. If a bias crime is committed and police or media response is slow or absent, AVP raises its voice to demand a thorough investigation. We organize the community to speak out against prejudice and bigotry, insisting on equal rights for the LGBT community. Stay tuned to the weekly eNews, the Wingspan website and Facebook for community forums and actions.

Addressing Violence

What We Can Do

An AVP Advocate will listen and help you create a safety plan.

AVP Advocates are familiar with local LGBT friendly organizations and social service agencies.

An Advocate will listen to you in a non-judgmental and confidential manner.

Staff and trained volunteers provide assistance in filing police reports and court paperwork, going to court appearances and  filing claims for victim assistance benefits.

What You Can Do

Remember, you always deserve respect.

If you are anyone you know may have been sexually assaulted or harassed, please call us.

If you experience harassment, please report it to us, every time.

If you feel that you have been discriminated against because of your sexual orientation, gender, or gender identity, we can help.

NOTE: It is illegal in the City of Tucson and in Pima County to harass or discriminate against someone based on their sexual orientation, gender, or gender identity.

Domestic violence occurs in LGBT relationships at the same rate as heterosexual/non-transgender relationships. LGBT survivors of domestic violence suffer from a range of abuse, including physical violence as well as intimidation, isolation, and emotional abuse. Sexual Violence

There is very little research on sexual violence by or against LGBT people. What we do know is that it does happen. Many people think that a woman would never assault another woman or that men are naturally more rough sexually with each other.

NCAVP

The Wingspan AVP is a member of the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP). The NCAVP addresses the pervasive problem of violence committed against and within the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) and HIV-positive communities. NCAVP is a coalition of programs that document and advocate for victims of anti-LGBT violence/harassment, domestic violence, sexual assault, police misconduct and other forms of victimization. NCAVP is dedicated to creating a national response to the violence plaguing these communities. For more information on the NCAVP, please visit their website at www.avp.org.

To get involved

AVP Volunteers

AVP is not accepting additional volunteers at this time. For more information, please call 520-624-1779 ext 127 to speak with Chad Mosher, Programs Director, or email cmosher@wingspan.org.

How to contact us

Please email or call us to make an appointment. We can be reached at the main Wingspan number, 520-624-1779 ext 127 or at cmosher@wingspan.org.

In an emergency, please call our 24-hour bilingual crisis line.
520-624-0348 or 1-800-553-9387

AVP welcomes everyone!

To request program materials in an alternate format or to request reasonable accommodations please contact: Della at (520)624-1779 x127  or cmosher@wingspan.org.