Community Responses to Violence: Advocacy Based Counseling

Community United Against Violence (CUAV)--a San Francisco, California based advocacy group--is leading the way in violence intervention and prevention strategies. CUAV pays particular attention to violence and abuse within the LGBTQ community--a population which has historically been underrepresented within the domestic violence movement. The emphasis of CUAV work is on safety, healing, and skill building in order to support healthy relationships. In addition to leadership development and support groups, individuals dealing with abuse can receive short term counseling through CUAV's Advocacy Based Counseling (ABC) program. With a focus on reinforcing the self-determination and autonomy of the participant, as well as the inclusion of partners, family members, and peers in the therapy process, the ABC model is unique among violence intervention programs. For more information about CUAV's anti-violence work visit their website, here