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 research report discusses the outcomes of a study conducted to understand the help-seeking patterns of behavior among teens who experienced sexual assault and reported it. The study found patterns in reporting, including reports that were voluntary, reports that were involuntary, and reports prompted by the circumstances of the assault. The research suggests that teens who made voluntary reports were more likely to stay enaged in the legal system.
This NIJ special report outlines the issue of untested sexual assault kits that remain in law enforcement custody and evidence rooms and the impact that these kits have on communities and sexual assault response. The report addresses victim notification and protocol when a kit is sent for testing and appropriate follow up.
The April 2011 issue of the Justice Resource Update newsletter includes information on addressing youth violence, sexual assault kit researchers, information and resources for Sexual Assault Response Teams (SARTs), and information the prevalence of violence in the workplace.
This report discusses research and knowledge on sexual abusers and sex offenders, including the history of public knowledge around child sexual abuse. It includes information on preventing child sexual abuse through evidence-based and community informed sex offender policy.
The nation's first Sexual Violence Benchbook designed specifically to guide lower court judges in the handling of sex abuse crimes. It is a resource for Magisterial District Judges that provides information to help them understand the procedural requirements and complexity of sex abuse crimes.
This toolkit is designed to assist law enforcement agencies develop U-visa certification policies/protocols to enable immigrant victims of crime to access the U-visa. The toolkit was created with input from law enforcement officers and contains legal info, sample policies, FAQs, and information useful helpful for advocacy efforts.
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.
This report discusses the results of a survey, conducted by the National Law Center On Homelessness & Poverty, of landlord sexual assault and/or rape of tenants. It explores the ways that sexual violence may contribute to homelessness and restricted access to housing for low-income individuals. The report provides recommendations and helpful steps for advocates and attorneys. The report also provides a list of State laws that ensure housing rights for survivors of sexual violence and includes contact information for Fair Housing Organizations.
This site is supported by Grant/ Cooperative Agreement No. 1UF2CE002359-02 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.