EQMI Opens Pop-Up Office in Bay City

BY BTL STAFF

Equality Michigan's Department of Victim Services will hold office hours in Bay city on the fourth Tuesday of each month from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. beginning Aug. 29, then again Sept. 26, Oct. 24 and Nov. 28 at the Unity of Bay City, 3736 State Street Rd. Walk-ins are welcome.

EQMI DVS support and advocacy services are directed to work with LGBTQ, SGL, and HIV-affected people experiencing various forms of violence, including domestic violence, sexual assault, hate violence, harassment, and discrimination. The organization works to center the needs of people who have been harmed and, as advocates, they know their role is to support victims however that takes shape. Therefore, EQMI DVS services are survivor-centric and tailored to the specific needs of each person.

In addition to providing direct advocacy services to survivors, EQMI DVS strives to ensure that organizations, whether governmental or non-governmental, are supported in offering inclusive, welcoming services to LGBTQ and SGL communities. EQMI DVS partners with organizations throughout the state to offer more robust services in addition to offering training and technical assistance on a regular basis.

EQMI is a founding member of the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs, which compiles and publishes two annual reports on hate violence and intimate partner violence happening in local communities. Those who have experienced discrimination, violence or harassment are encouraged to report it anonymously or online in order to get support from an advocate.

EQMI DVS Additional Office Hours

Traverse City

Every fourth Monday of each month from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Aug. 28 and Sept. 25.

Imagine Health, 121 S. Garfield Ave.

Grand Rapids

Every second Friday of each month from 2-7 p.m.

Earlier hours available by appointment

Sept. 8, Oct. 13 and Nov. 10

Grand Rapids Pride Center, 343 Atlas Ave SE

Every second Tuesday of each month from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Sept. 7, Oct. 12 and Nov. 9

HQ Grand Rapids, 320 State St SE

Detroit

Monday - Friday from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Equality Michigan, 19641 W. Seven Mile Rd.

For more information, visit https://equalitymi.org/victim-services/.
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