Housing & Sexual Violence Research Brief Cover with image of doorThis research brief explores the relationship between housing issues, homelessness, and sexual violence. The research reviewed indicates that residents of subsidized housing and people who are homeless experience disproportionate rates of sexual violence.

This brief is part of the Housing and Sexual Violence Information Packet. This packet also includes: the National Survey of Advocates on Sexual Violence, Housing, and the Violence Against Women Act; an overview; a fact sheet; an online resource collection; a technical assistance bulletin; and an advocate's guide to housing and sexual violence.
 
 

 

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.

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 research report discusses two programs developed by SAGE.  The LIFESKILLS program works with youth considered to be at risk for sexual exploitation.  The GRACE program works with adults who have been arrested for prostitution.  This research used a four-part participatory evaluation model, and findings suggest that involvement with these programs reduces contact with the criminal justice system.  The researchers also made recommendations for program improvement.

This guide, designed for counselors and advocates, explores the complex connections between substance abuse and addiction and sexual violence.  It provides information on understanding addictions and treatment options, a literature review of research on the topic, and a section of special considerations for rape crisis centers. 

The Winter 2010 edition of WCSAP's newsletter focuses on working with LGBTIQ survivors.  Articles focus on creating safe space, interrupting problematic language, and SANE protocol for working individuals who identify as LGBTIQ.

Access: Setting the Stage: Strategies for Supporting LGBTIQ Survivors

This report identifies criteria for building a trauma-informed mental health service system, summarizes the evolution of trauma-informed and trauma-specific services in state mental health systems, and describes a range of trauma-based service models and approaches implemented by increasing numbers of state  systems and localities across the country.

 

Models for Developing Trauma-Informed Behavioral Health Systems and Trauma-Specific Services

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 paper provides information regarding childhood trauma and how trauma-informed care can be used to address the issue through the understanding of the connections between the presenting symptoms and behaviors and the child's past trauma history.

Responding to Childhood Trauma: The Promise and Practice of Trauma Informed Care

This guide provides information on the prevalence of sexual violence and HIV, types of available HIV testing and treatment, benefits and risks of such testing and treatment, victims’ possible fears surrounding HIV, sexual offender testing, and steps victim service professionals can take to meet the needs of sexual violence victims.

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