The Kansas City Anti-Violence Project (KCAVP) will be opening its doors as the first and only domestic violence and sexual assault shelter that is LGBTQIA specific in Kansas City, Mo.
Located on 4050 Pennsylvania Ave in Suite 135, the new shelter celebrated its grand opening last Friday. The new building will provide KCAVP with the space it needs to provide shelter for its current and future clients, host support groups, accomodate a clothing closet, a food pantry and more.
According to the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs, only 45 percent of survivors of domestic violence in a same-sex relationship have reported it to the police. Not only will KCAVP provide a safe space for victims of violence and assault, but they are working with the KCMO Police Department to address the issue of underreporting and potential negligence in the way domestic violence cases involving LGBTQIA relationships is handled by law enforcement.
“Relationships with domestic violence can be some of the most difficult of situations to find your way out of,” said Dylan Burd, President of the UMKC Delta Lambda Phi fraternity, which is geared towards gay, bisexual, transgender and progressive men. “But by simply having a resource available, and knowing there is an established safe-place to go to, may literally mean the difference between life and death for people.”
As a nonprofit organization, KCAVP receives a large amount of its funding through donations. Volunteers also help keep the organization alive. UMKC students will have an opportunity to get involved and volunteer at the new shelter.
“We’ve proudly partnered with KCAVP on previous programs and we’re happy to see an added resource available from them for our community” said Jonathan Pryor, Assistant Director of UMKC’s LGBTQIA Programs and Services.
Someone seeking help out of a dangerous relationship can contact KCAVP via firstname.lastname@example.org or 816-561-0550.