Welcome to the Anti-Violence Project

The Anti-Violence Project (AVP) at the Center on Halsted empowers our community and allies to end all forms of violence through organizing and education. We support and affirm survivors with counseling services that are tailored to each individual’s unique story and needs. AVP advocates for a community free of hate, where everyone can feel safe and celebrated for who they are.

AVP at the Center on Halsted provides individual and community programming for survivors. We support LGBTQIA survivors of hate and bias violence, discrimination, intimate partner violence, stalking, and/or sexual assault. If you or someone you know has experienced violence, threats, or intimidation, AVP can work with you to help ensure your safety and provide the support you need. Beyond serving individuals, we offer trauma-focused group therapy and professional trainings. We co-create events with local leaders, to heal at a community level.

AVP is a founding member of the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP). NCAVP works to prevent, respond to, and end all forms of violence against and within LGBTQ communities. NCAVP is a national coalition of local member programs and affiliate organizations who create systemic and social change. They strive to increase power, safety, and resources through data analysis, policy advocacy, education and technical assistance.

Trauma-Focused Therapy

We provide trauma-focused therapy (individual, group, and couples/relationship) to those who have experienced any type of violence. Violence takes on many forms, and impairs physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual functioning. It includes domestic and intimate partner violence, sexual violence, hate violence, and police violence or trauma. Therapy is focused on addressing current symptoms and/or concerns associated with experiencing violence. Symptoms of trauma may include (but are not limited to): avoidance behaviors, mood instability, difficulty in interpersonal relationships, thoughts of suicide or self-harm, flashbacks and/or nightmares, feelings of guilt or shame, and feeling jittery. Sometimes pain is immediate, while other times it lingers or lies dormant OR sometime the symptoms of pain are immediate, while other times they linger or lie dormant. Our staff are licensed clinicians who are trained in evidence-based therapies for trauma, especially as it impacts LGBTQ individuals, families, partners, and communities.

Case Management and Advocacy

  • Assistance with navigation of legal systems

  • Referrals to legal and other resources

  • Housing and Medical advocacy

  • Economic, employment, parenting, and education assistance

  • Safety planning

Contact Us

If you would like to receive these services, please call us at 773-472-6469 x460 or email us at

Request for Professional Trainings

We provide regular training to law enforcement agencies, court personnel, rape crisis workers, domestic violence organizations, government agencies, hospitals, mental health providers, schools and community centers about the specific needs facing LGBTQ and HIV-affected victims and survivors of violence. Our training is available to any group or organization interested in issues of discrimination, safety, and advocacy. This service is fee based. For further information, contact


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