Sexual violence often increases in disasters. After a disaster, housing may be destroyed and people may not have jobs to go to. Police officers and the legal system have many things to respond to. Disasters take away community resources. In these situations, it’s easier for a person to perpetrate sexual violence. It also puts people at greater risk of experiencing sexual violence. People who tend to have less social power, like older adults, people with disabilities, or people struggling with poverty, face even higher risk for violence during a disaster.  

Any community can be affected by a disaster. Disasters can happen naturally, such as hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, or epidemics. They can also result from human error, technological failure, or acts of war or terrorism.  

This project supports communities in preventing and responding to sexual violence during and after disasters. We share research, recommendations, tools for disaster planning, and relief funds for affected communities.

NSVRC Resources on Sexual Violence in Disasters

The NSVRC provides information and resources to assist organizations and communities in preventing and responding to sexual violence in disasters.

Sexual Violence in Disasters Online Special Collection

This collection includes online resources related to gender-based violence in disasters, disaster preparedness, disaster recovery, and forensic nursing in disasters.

How You Can Help

Support relief funds for sexual assault victims, advocacy programs, and communities affected by disasters.