The guidance, through a series of detailed case examples, advises law enforcement agencies to incorporate the following principles into clear policies, comprehensive training and effective supervision protocols:

  • Recognize and address biases, assumptions and stereotypes about victims.
  • Treat all victims with respect and employ interviewing tactics that encourage a victim to participate and provide facts about the incident.
  • Investigate sexual assault or domestic violence complaints thoroughly and effectively.
  • Appropriately classify reports of sexual assault or domestic violence.
  • Refer victims to appropriate services.
  • Properly identify the assailant in domestic violence incidents.
  • Hold officers who commit sexual assault or domestic violence accountable.
  • Maintain, review and act upon data regarding sexual assault and domestic violence.

This toolkit helps with screening for reproductive and sexual coercion within the context of intimate partner violence. It includes tips for strengthening partnerships with local health providers to respond to the related healthcare needs of survivors. 

The Lesbian and Gay Foundation of the UK released a guide on sexual violence for women who identify as lesbian or bisexual. 

 

This guide provides information that will help in responding to transgender survivors of sexual assault in a way that is helpful, informed, and supportive.

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Oppressive factors make LGBT people more likely to be in confinement, and more likely to experience abuse there. This toolkit covers the basics of advocating for the rights of LGBT prisoners, tips on Working with facilities), policy considerations, and combatting the incarceration of LGBT people.

In the January 2014 edition of the Reshape newsletter, Michelle Dixon-Wall discusses the challenges of working within a gendered framework at an anti-violence organization. She discusses barriers that men and boys may have to accessing sexual assault services and programs based on some basic structural practices.

Read the article.

From the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) Toolkit, this guide discusses the prevention of sexual violence against LGBTI detainees. It addresses both policy change and practices that correctional facilities can incorporate.

This report reviews current practices and activities on the federal level related to trauma-informed approaches across a wide range of settings and systems. It encourages agencies to implement a collaborative and comprehensive response to traumas like sexual violence.

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This report discusses a gender transformative approach to involving boys and men in preventing violence against women. It includes primary reasons for engaging men and boys, research on positive messaging, and examples of initiatives that can be used to increase involvement.

The report, Global and regional estimates of violence against women: Prevalence and health effects of intimate partner violence and non-partner sexual violence, represents the first systematic study of global data on the prevalence of violence against women - both by partners and non-partners. Some 35% of all women will experience either intimate partner or non-partner violence. The study finds that intimate partner violence is the most common type of violence against women, affecting 30% of women worldwide. The study highlights the need for all sectors to engage in eliminating tolerance for violence against women and better support for women who experience it. New WHO guidelines, launched with the report, aim to help countries improve their health sector's capacity to respond to violence against women.

 

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See the full report.

 

 

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