May 1, 2014 | by Lou Chibbaro Jr.
GLOV, HIPS launch violence response hotline
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(Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

The local groups Gays and Lesbians Opposing Violence (GLOV) and Helping Individual People Survive (HIPS) are jointly launching a new 24-hour, seven-days-a-week LGBTQ Violence Response Hotline, according to GLOV spokesperson Matt Corso.

“LGBTQ individuals who are victims of a violent crime, such as intimate partner violence, domestic abuse, bias or hate motivated violence, police misconduct, sexual assault or pick-up violence can call the hotline to speak with a trained volunteer to receive immediate crisis support and ongoing assistance or referrals to LGBTQ competent service providers in the Washington, D.C. area,” Corso said in a statement to the Blade.

GLOV is a program of the DC Center for the LGBT Community.

Lou Chibbaro Jr. has reported on the LGBT civil rights movement and the LGBT community for more than 30 years, beginning as a freelance writer and later as a staff reporter and currently as Senior News Reporter for the Washington Blade. He has chronicled LGBT-related developments as they have touched on a wide range of social, religious, and governmental institutions, including the White House, Congress, the U.S. Supreme Court, the military, local and national law enforcement agencies and the Catholic Church. Chibbaro has reported on LGBT issues and LGBT participation in local and national elections since 1976. He has covered the AIDS epidemic since it first surfaced in the early 1980s. Follow Lou

1 Comment
  • This is a positive program — especially if it is truly independent of MPD. As the Blade notes, however, “GLOV is a program of the DC Center for the LGBT Community.”
     
    The question is, given GLOV’s and DC Center’s funding, how independent of MPD can GLOV really be?
     
    What is GLOV doing (or permitted to do, by the DC Center) regarding real-time monitoring of anti-LGBT hate crimes cases and their publicly accessible open/ closed status — especially given MPD’s poor record of openness and transparency? Why MPD’s ongoing coverup of that basic hate crime case data?
     
    That was glossed-over in Section 3 of Chief Lanier’s Hate Crimes Assessment Task Force. I’m still waiting to hear from someone at GLOV on that. GLAA couldn’t even answer that.

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