Founded in 1979, CUAV is the oldest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQQ) anti-violence organization in the country. Born in the wake of the tragic murders of Harvey Milk and George Moscone, CUAV’s early focus on addressing hate violence was expanded five years later to encompass domestic violence. CUAV is one of the first agencies in the country to realize the gravity of domestic violence in our LGBTQQ communities. CUAV uses education as a violence prevention tool, teaching compassion and acceptance through open and respectful discussion.
CUAV's Speakers Bureau visits Bay Area schools, community and professional groups encouraging audiences to question values, dispel stereotypes, and explore feelings. The success of this long-standing program has inspired groups nationwide to develop similar programs. Youth organizers in the LOVE and JUSTICE project lead discussions about healthy relationships and participate in anit-opression work. Our 24 hour crisisline provides peer support to people who are being threatened or abused by strangers, family members, co-workers, neighbors, classmates, police, dates or partners. Multilingual services are available.