This guide examines the use of polygraph tests and other truth-telling devices (sometimes called “lie-detector tests”) in sexual assault investigations. It is meant to support the Violence Against Women Act and Department of Justice Reauthorization Act of 2005 (VAWA 2005) provision that truth-telling devices must not be used with sexual assault victims as a condition of charging or prosecution of an offense. This guide examines special issues relevant to using truth-telling devices with sexual assault victims. Legislative and judicial actions that have been taken as a result of this debate will also be discussed. Victim advocates, law enforcement officers, and policy makers may use this guide to develop policies, practices, and procedures and to improve collaborations regarding the use of truth-telling devices as the VAWA 2005 provision is adopted across the United States. 

These guidelines provide a comprehensive set of recommended practices for multidisciplinary teams responding to sex crimes. It also includes course outline for Sexual Assault Forensic Examiners.
Sexual Assault Response Team Guidelines

This booklet introduces a new approach to helping victims of sexual violence. This approach, called the victim-centered “Sex Offender Containment Model”, may be a significant change in the way some of you do your advocacy work. It uses a multidisciplinary team approach to working with probation and parole, law enforcement, treatment providers, and others on a Sex Offender Containment Team.

The Guide identifies issues and considerations unique to survivors who have experienced multiple victimizations and have multiple needs and describes advocacy and organizational approaches. Developed specifically for rape crisis centers and victim advocates working within criminal justice system agencies, the Guide offers practical strategies for assessing and enhancing responses to this specific population. 

This report examines findings from 14 focus groups that were conducted to obtain feedback from victim advocates and practitioners concerning how researchers, practitioners and advocates can work together more effectively to conduct research on violence against women.
Fostering Collaborations to Prevent Violence Against Women: Integrating Findings From Practitioner Researcher Focus Groups

This report includes findings from a national needs assessment that was conducted in 2005 with support from the Office for Victims of Crime. The goals of the survey were to (1) record the organization and administration of Sexual Assault Response Teams (SART) nationally as an introductory “portrait” of collaborative responses and (2) collect data about SART training and technical assistance needs for inclusion in a forthcoming National SART Toolkit.

This resource provides a list of guidelines for campuses to use when developing sexual assault policies and protocols.Recommended Guidelines for Comprehensive Sexual Assault Response and Prevention on Campus

This plan was developed to prioritize prevention efforts in the state of Oregon and to "identify innovative, evidence-based, comprehensive sexual assault prevention initiatives" and offer directions to build upon these efforts.

Recommendations to Prevent Sexual Violence in Oregon: A Plan of Action

This packet was created for service providers who work with children and parents and offers strategies and resources for building the protective factors associated with child abuse prevention.
Promoting Healthy Families in Your Community

The Resource NewsletterThe second volume for this NSVRC publication! Featured inside: Talking to Men About Rape, Blind Reporting, VAWNet, Coalition Spotlight... and more.

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