Welcome to BRAVO


BRAVO is your link to survivor advocacy and assistance regarding hate crimes, discrimination, domestic violence,
and sexual assault. BRAVO is a founding member of the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP).
Each year, we document incidences of hate crimes and domestic violence along with similar agencies across the United States. BRAVO is a proud CoSMO Member Agency! Community Shares of Mid-Ohio (CoSMO) is a collaboration
of community-based organizations, serving Central
Ohio and beyond.

BRAVO Survivor Services If you or someone you know has experienced violence, threats or intimidation BRAVO can
work with you to help ensure your safety and provide the support you need. Help in Crisis: Hate Crimes Reporting & Documentation Hospital Advocacy Domestic Violence
Support Safety Planning Support for Sexual Assault Survivors Emergency Housing Assistance in working with your local police, including help filing reports Support Groups Accompaniment and Advocacy if you go to court.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you need information regarding any of the services we provide or to report violence. Contact our toll-free number anywhere or at anytime:

1 866 86 BRAVO
(1 866 862 7286)

"Serving the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender
Communities since 1996"

Of Current Interest
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FemmeFest is a collection of musical, artistic, and educational events taking place on September 3-6, in Columbus, Ohio that works to honor women of diverse identities and gender expressions in a celebration of creative resilience and power.

The mission of FemmeFest is to create an empowering music festival that focuses on women of diverse identities and gender expressions in order to enrich our local community, as well as raising funds to combat violence against, and affect positive change for women's rights in central Ohio.

All events at FeMMeFest will raise funds for the Buckeye Region Anti-Violence Organization (BRAVO).

BRAVO is honored to have funds donated to us and we're thankful to the incredible organizers that support our work in ending hate and bias violence, intmante partner vionece, sexual violence, and stalking within and on behalf of the LGBTQI communities of Ohio.

For the FeMMeFest lineup, click here.

BRAVO will be providing outreach and information tables at the events. If you would like to get involved and volunteer with BRAVO, contact Alli Kisker at alli@bravo-ohio.org.

Click here to donate to BRAVO.

Your support and generosity helps to ensure that survivors of violence among Ohio's LGBTQI communities receive the culturally competent support and access to services they deserve. Your contributions will directly assist survivors in need of support and allow BRAVO to continue to provide these vital services.

Make all checks payable to: BRAVO

Send all payment forms to:
PO Box 82068
Columbus OH 43202-0068

All donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.

If you or anyone you know experience any form of hate/bias violence or discrimination please contact BRAVO immediately, BRAVO can help! We are here to serve our community and work with all survivors of hate/bias violence, intimate partner violence, sexual assault, and stalking throughout Ohio.

For further information, to access services, or to file a report of violence, BRAVO can be reached at 614-294-7867 or 866-86-BRAVO. All reports to BRAVO are confidential and may be made anonymously.

Thank you for supporting survivors and preventing sexual violence. We look forward to seeing you at FeMMeFest!

Volunteer Night
September 14, 2015

BRAVO LGBTQI Legal Office Hours
Thursdays 4-6 pm by appointment; other times may also be available. View details.

BRAVO Issues Community Announcement
June 30, 2015

BRAVO Saftey Tips

BRAVO learns of the murder of Bri Golec in Akron, Ohio
February 16, 2015

Community Alert
January 17, 2015

BRAVO has received recent multiple reports of drug facilitated assaults in Columbus. The incidents occurred in a number Short North nightclubs, restaurants, and bars, including LGBTQI establishments. Some of the incidents also included robbery. BRAVO strongly believes that these attacks are related and were perpetrated by the same assailant(s).

All of the incidents involved the victims waking up hours after eating and/or drinking, with no recall of the preceding block of time.

If you have been the victim of, or are aware of, similar assaults please contact BRAVO (614-294-7867) or the Columbus Police Department Sexual Abuse Squad (614-645-4701).

For further information, BRAVO can be reached at 614-294-7867 or 866-86-BRAVO. All reports to BRAVO are confidential and may be made anonymously.

Description of Perpetrators: unknown- presumed to be male

Additional safety tips are available at: http://www.bravo-ohio.org/safetytips.pdf.

If you or anyone you know have experienced violence contact BRAVO.
We can help! (614-294-7867) or 866-86-BRAVO.

All reports to BRAVO are confidential and may be made anonymously.
All BRAVO services are free.


Don’t take it... Report it.

National Report on Hate Violence Against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and HIV-Affected Communities Released Today
June 4, 2013

BRAVO learns of the murder of Cemia Dove (Acoff) near Cleveland, Ohio
April 30, 2013

BRAVO Announces Launch of Statewide LGBTQ Safe Zone Project
December 6, 2012

General and Internet Safe Dating Tips
Considering the large number of people who have met online for sex and dating, the occurrence of violence is relatively low. But there are some people who cruise with intention to harm. If you are targeted by one of these people, it is important to know it is NOT YOUR FAULT. Nobody has the right to violate your boundaries or commit violence against you. These tips may help you identify when someone you are meeting has negative intentions.

The US Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Releases Anti-Bullying Video as Part of National “It Gets Better” Project
The Civil Rights Division released a video addressing bullying and harassment of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth, and those who do not conform to gender stereotypes about male or female behavior or appearance. The video is the Division’s contribution to the national “It Gets Better” Project, in which gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender adults and straight allies tell youth that life gets better after high school. Read more and view video.

Use Your Kroger Card to Benefit BRAVO!
If you enrolled in this program before May 1, 2014, Kroger requires
you re-enroll for the coming year. Thank you!

Courtesy of Students from OSU's Human Development and
Family Science Class (Windows Media Video)

Why It Matters
Rethinking Victim Assistance for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Victims of Hate Violence & Intimate Partner Violence.

A Joint Policy Report by the National Center for Victims of Crime and the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs. Read Report.

This project, presentation, training, and/or document is supported by a grant from the office for victims of criminal of justice program, United States Department of Justice (grant no.2005-vf-gx-k032). Points of view in this project, presentation, training and/or document are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.

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