Mission and Values
The Kansas City Anti-Violence Project (KCAVP) provides dedicated services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) youth and adults, throughout Missouri and Kansas, who have experienced trauma, violence, harassment or neglect. Through direct advocacy, professional training and community education, we work to prevent and respond to domestic violence, sexual violence and hate crimes.
We envision communities where all lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) people are free to live safe, healthy and empowered lives. Violence, trauma and neglect are not accepted and are confronted effectively. Survivors are supported with respect and dignity.
Liberation – Oppression is the root of violence. In order to respond to, address and prevent violence in our communities, we must approach our work through an anti-oppression lens with the ultimate goal of collective liberation.
Individual Agency – Every person is the expert on their own lived experience. Through a harm-reduction approach we safety plan and explore options to reduce harm and trauma, while respecting individual choices.
Resilience – People experience trauma and violence in unique ways. Our trauma-informed services are survivor-centered and allow individuals to heal by focusing on strength and resilience, not symptoms or pathology.
Community – Safe and supportive community is the cornerstone of healing. We seek to build communities free from isolation and shame through coalition, participation and conversation.