Rainbow Seniors Topic: Domestic and Sexual Violence in Berkshire Country

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Elder abuse happens in the LGBTQ community, too. What you need to know is the topic of the next Rainbow Seniors Pittsfield meeting.

Coming up in August

Saturday, August 6, 2 pm – 4 pm at the
Berkshire Athenaeum in Pittsfield
It’s only a myth that the LGBTQ community is immune to domestic violence and sexual assault . Becca Bradford of the Elizabeth Freeman Center will introduce us to the reality and to the services offered to LGBTQ victims through her program.
About MOVA and the LGBTQ Community

The Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance (MOVA) awarded Elizabeth Freeman Center of Berkshire County a grant to establish the LGBTQ Access Project to increase outreach and services for LGBTQ victims of domestic and sexual violence in Berkshire County.

The program provides culturally informed services for LGBTQ victims, including counselling, support groups, advocacy, and referrals to other area providers. The program works closely with regional LGBTQ organizations and activists like Rainbow Seniors, the Berkshire Stonewall Coalition, Team Rainbow, and the Live Out Loud Youth Project to raise awareness about domestic and sexual violence in the LGBTQ community and ensure victims have access to hope, help, and healing through Elizabeth Freeman Center.  All services are confidential, free-of-charge, and available at the Center’s North Adams, Pittsfield, or Great Barrington locations.

“Domestic and sexual violence can impact anyone regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity, race, or socio-economic status”, said Liam Lowney, MOVA’s Executive Director. “Unfortunately, prejudices that many LGBTQ individuals face, particularly in isolated and rural communities, make it difficult for them to access needed services. We are thrilled to support the LGBTQ Access Project, which will improve access to critically needed services for this underserved population.”

“We are so excited that MOVA is helping to fund this important work,” said Janis Broderick, Executive Director of Elizabeth Freeman Center.  “Too often, LGBTQ survivors of domestic or sexual violence cannot get the help they need.  This funding gives us the opportunity to reach and serve more LGBTQ survivors, to create a word-of-mouth network of safety in the region, and to expand the prevailing narratives about abuse to include more LGBTQ people’s experiences.”

To learn more about the LGBTQ Access Project, as well as other programming provided by the Elizabeth Freeman Center, visit www.elizabethfreemancenter.org/rainbow or call (413) 499-2425.

The mission of Rainbow Seniors of Berkshire County is to improve the quality of life of people in the Berkshire area by organizing, supporting, and empowering the LGBTGQ community.
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