This tool was create to help organizations from diverse disciplines work together. It enables them to better understand each other's perspectives and to identify both strengths and gaps in their partnership. This tool is designed to eliminate misconceptions, clarify the benefits of collaborative participation, determine what needs to be better understood, and identify key players that may be missing.
 
Collaboration Math: Enhancing the Effectiveness of Multidisciplinary Collaboration

This publication is provided as a starting point for professional organizations and educational institutions to prepare their helping professionals, including doctors, dentists, nurses, veterinarians, and beyond, to develop the skills and competencies needed to meet the needs of individuals who may have experienced abuse and violence.

Vice President Biden and Secretary Duncan presented guidelines on legal obligations in addressing sexual violence in school and on campus.  The resources include:

 

Dear Colleague Letter: Sexual Violence (19 p.)

Background, Summary, and Fast Facts Fact Sheet (2 p.)

Know Your Rights Fact Sheet on Title IX and Sexual Violence (2 p.)

 

This Special Collection includes selected materials and resources -- many gender-informed -- that can be used by domestic and sexual violence organizations to increase their preparedness for and response to major disasters and emergencies.

The executive summary of a research project to determine the effectiveness of preventing sexual offenses after imposing a sex-offender registry requirement in South Carolina briefly discusses the findings.  According to the report, first time offenses were reduced, online registries appear to have no impact on recidivism, and failure to register did not predict recidivism.

The Existe Ayuda Toolkit provides a variety of resources and information to help service providers in working with spanish-speaking populations.  This project aims to increase cultural competence and accessibility of services.  The glossaries, presentations, and tools available on this site should assist both spanish-speaking and non-spanish-speaking advocates to provide information, services, and referrals to Latin@s impacted by sexual violence.

This resource guide contains information and tools for hosting and promoting National Crime Victims' Rights Week locally. It includes posters, artwork, and advertisements. A Spanish version of this resource is also available.

This document discusses information on confidentiality and releases of information for individuals who have experienced sexual violence, domestic violence, stalking, or harassment.  The information provided is based on U.S. Federal Laws, and is intended for advocates and employees of other organizations who may serve these individuals. 

The Vera Institute recently released a new guide for organizations that provide sexual violence, domestic violence, and disability services.  This guide seeks to increase avenues for partnership and collaboration between these three types of services, recognizing that people often face co-occurring issues.  The authors of the guide hope to provide background to help meet the needs of women with disabilities, who commonly face sexual and domestic violence, but often do not have access to services that can meet a combination of needs.  This booklet provides information on creating safe, effective, and accessible healing services.

This guide delineates the benefits of forming a multidisciplinary team (MDT) of professionals from law enforcement, child protective services, prosecution, medicine, counseling, and related fields to investigate cases of child abuse and neglect. It offers guidance on convening team participants, writing a mission statement, establishing protocols, promoting teamwork, and preventing burnout and addresses the importance of confidentiality policies, conflict resolution practices, and periodic review. The guide also includes an extensive list of related readings and contact information for organizations that offer training and technical assistance to MDT's.
 
Forming a Multidisciplinary Team to Investigate Child Abuse

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