Anti-Violence Program

    The Q Center Anti-Violence Program (QAVP) is our community’s answer to bias crime. Formed after a string of bias-motivated assaults in 2010, the QAVP seeks to foster and increase public safety for the LGBTQ community and our allies. We work with community partners and volunteers on a three-pronged action plan: education, advocacy, and visibility.

    As part of our efforts, QAVP organizes Q Patrol PDX. Q Patrol is a volunteer foot patrol that walks the entertainment district on key weekends during the summer. By having a visible presence in the community, Q Patrol helps to deter violent crime and performs outreach across Portland.

    • QAVP At-a-Glance (PDF): Check out this flyer to learn more about the Q Center Anti-Violence Program and Q Patrol. Feel free to distribute this flyer! All we ask is that you don’t alter it.
    • QAVP Project Outline (PDF): This document provides an in-depth look at the history, activity, and future plans of the Q Center Anti-Violence Program.
    • Q Patrol Training Manual (PDF): Ever wanted to walk with Q Patrol, but couldn’t make it to a training? Check out our training manual and come shadow us on a patrol! Just contact us for patrol dates and let us know when you’d like to walk.

    QAVP is our community’s response to bias crime.

    In June of 2010, following a spate of bias crimes in downtown Portland, a group of concerned citizens convened a series of community forums at Q Center to address the problem of bias-motivated assault crimes in the city. The forums attracted the participation of not only the crime victims, but also Portland’s Mayor, Chief of Police, the District Attorney’s office, the state Attorney General, and the state and federal Departments of Justice.

    Conversations revealed that while reported incidents of bias crimes have declined over the course of the past year, officials acknowledged that crimes often go unreported because assault victims are fearful of being “re-victimized” by unsympathetic or seemingly homophobic police and civil authorities. In fact, according to recent Portland Police Bureau statistics, people who are perceived to be lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer (LGBTQ) are more than three times as likely to be victims of bias crimes as people who are attacked for their perceived race or religion.

    Q Patrol PDX emerged from this community conversation. It is a community response to the impulse to DO something to ensure the safety of Portland’s LGBTQ citizens. Envisioned as a community-driven response to bias crime, Q Patrol PDX conducted volunteer foot patrols during key summer weekends over the next two years. Over time the Q Patrol expanded to become the Q Center Anti-Violence Program (QAVP). QAVP aims to become a community-based, comprehensive attempt at the prevention of LGBTQ bias crimes across Portland.

    But we can’t do it alone. We are always looking for members of our community willing to step forward and volunteer with us. If you would like to get involved with QAVP, please click here

    What is Q Patrol?

    Q Patrol, a program of the Q Center Anti-Violence Program, is a community foot patrol aimed at protecting LGBTQ citizens in Portland’s entertainment district. Q Patrol is made up of community volunteers who walk the entertainment district during key weekends, keeping an eye out for crime and interacting with the community.

    Why a foot patrol?

    Because visibility is key in preventing crime! Having concerned patrol members actively watching sends the message that our community will not tolerate crime. A foot patrol also helps deter crime. Criminals don’t typically want to be observed, so the presence of an alert and trained patrol helps prevent criminal activity. Foot patrol volunteers also have an unprecedented opportunity for outreach, helping unite our community for crime prevention.

    How can I get involved?

    You can get involved with Q Patrol by attending one of our trainings or “shadowing” us when out on patrol! You can contact Q Patrol by email here, or follow us on Facebook and Twitter to stay informed of training and patrol dates.

    QAVP is a community-driven effort, and as such we rely on volunteer support to sustain our operations. There are several ways YOU can get involved with QAVP!

    If you would like to walk with Q Patrol PDX, you can attend one of our training sessions or shadow with us on patrol. You can contact us via email, or follow us on Facebook and Twitter to stay informed on training and patrol dates.

    If you are a business owner or community member who would like to contribute in-kind to QAVP, please contact us via email.

    Community Resources

    Portland Women’s Crisis Line: Working to fulfill our mission of “ending domestic and sexual violence by providing confidential support services and education to empower our community,” the Portland Women’s Crisis Line (PWCL) operates a comprehensive 24/7 Crisis Line and Sexual Assault Advocacy Program. In any language, the Crisis Line can provide needs assessments, peer support, safety planning, crisis intervention and information and referrals to community resources. The Sexual Assault Program provides specialized services to survivors of sexual assault. Hotline: (503) 235-5333 or 1-888-235-5333.

    Raphael House: Raphael House of Portland is a multi-faceted domestic violence agency dedicated to ending intimate partner violence for good. We serve individuals and families of all backgrounds, cultures, ages, and sexual orientations. If you or someone you know is in crisis, we hope you will find the support you need here or by calling a crisis line – (503) 222-6222 in the Portland Metro Area or nation-wide at (800) 799-SAFE.

    Bradley Angle: The Bradley Angle mission is to offer survivors of domestic and sexual violence options for safety, empowerment, healing and hope, while collaborating with our communities to create social change. We serve individuals and families of all backgrounds, cultures, ages, and sexual orientations. Through all Bradley Angle programs, we continue to plant the seeds of social change.

    Cares NW: The CARES Northwest Family Support Program, staffed by child and family therapists through Multnomah County, provides immediate mental health services, when needed, to the families and children served by CARES Northwest. Services can include referral to community agencies, crisis intervention, age appropriate child therapy, family therapy, parent support groups and other various resources.

    Portland Police Bureau’s Crisis Response Team: The Crisis Response Team (CRT) is a group of screened and trained volunteers who provide support to victims of traumatic events, their families and loved ones following a crisis. Volunteers are called to the scene by authorized law enforcement personnel and/or members of the medical community. There are four CRTs: North/Northeast, Sexual Minorities, Hispanic, and Asian Communities. Phone: 503-823-2095. Email: