Empowering victim advocates: Organizing against anti-gay/lesbian violence in Canada

Author(s)Faulkner, Ellen
Title Empowering victim advocates: Organizing against anti-gay/lesbian violence in Canada
Source Critical Criminology, Vol. 10, No. 2, May 2001, pp. 123-135.
Date 2001
Document type Journal article
Coverage Canada
Summary This article provides an outline of the model developed by the 519 Church Street Community Centre Anti-Violence Programme (CRBC) in response to anti-gay/lesbian violence in Canada. The model attempts to surpass existing exclusions to provide an inclusive approach to protesting against anti-gay/lesbian violence; one that integrates an understanding of how theoretical exclusions impact on political organising. The CRBC developed a number of approaches to advocacy, such as involving themselves in criminal court cases; promoting self-defence; education; and advertising campaigns. A feature of the group was to set up, where appropriate, sub-committees such as the Education Sub-Committee which developed curriculum for education on anti-gay/lesbian violence. Building alliances with other organisations is important and members are strategically placed on committees outside of the program. Future advocacy work is identified.
Keywords Victim assistance; gay and lesbian; equity in services; community support.
Topic Service delivery