Did you know there’s a link between sexual violence and housing? Sexual violence can jeopardize a person’s housing. Lack of housing or inadequate shelter can increase the risk for sexual violence. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly 10 percent of women and 8 percent men who experienced housing insecurity in the past year had a higher prevalence of intimate partner violence. This infographic explores the intersections between housing and sexual violence. For more information on this topic, download the Housing and Sexual Violence Information Packet. (see references) Housing-infographic-cover

Housing insecurity and intimate partner violence
Breiding, M. J., Chen J., & Black, M. C. (2014). Intimate partner violence in the United States — 2010. Retrieved from the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: http://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/pdf/cdc_nisvs_ipv_report_2013_v17_single_a.pdf

Assaults in the home
Colombino, N., Mercado, C. C., & Jeglic, E. L. (2009). Situational aspects of sexual offending: Implications for residence restriction laws. Justice Research and Policy, 11, 27-43. doi:10.3818/JRP.11.2009.27

Youth leaving home
Cray, A., Miller, K., & Durso, L. E. (2013). Seeking shelter: The experiences and unmet needs of LGBT homeless youth. Retrieved from the Center for American Progress: http://www.americanprogress.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/LGBTHomelessYouth.pdf

Estes, R., & Weiner, N. (2001). Commercial sexual exploitation of children in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. Retrieved from FindLaw: http://news.findlaw.com/hdocs/docs/sextrade/upenncsec90701.pdf

Victims relocating
Keeley, T. (2006). Landlord sexual assault and rape of tenants: Survey findings and advocacy approaches. Clearinghouse Review: Journal of Poverty Law and Policy, 40 (7-8), 441-450.

Witnessing an assault
Kipke, M., Simon, T., Montgomery, S., Unger, J., & Iverson, E. (1997). Homeless youth and their exposure to and involvement in violence while living on the streets. Journal of Adolescent Health, 20, 360-367. doi:10.1016/S1054-139X(97)00037-2

Victims of physical or sexual violence
Kushel, M. B., Evans, J. L., Perry, S., Robertson, M. J., & Moss, A.R. (2003). No door to lock: Victimization among homeless and marginally housed persons. Archives of Internal Medicine, 163, 2492-2499. doi:10.1001/archinte.163.20.2492

Commercial sexual exploitation
Estes, R., & Weiner, N. (2001). Commercial sexual exploitation of children in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. Retrieved from FindLaw: http://news.findlaw.com/hdocs/docs/sextrade/upenncsec90701.pdf


Campus-recommendations-coverThis document provides a summary of recommendations that the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape and the National Sexual Violence Resource Center submitted to the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault. It includes recommendations for trauma-informed protocol and practices, creating safer campuses through social change, and the intentional coordination with community assets. For more information about our work to prevent campus sexual assault contact resources@nsvrc.org.

This annotated bibliography is for advocates, policymakers, and allies to help inform their work of meeting the needs of sexual assault survivors. This document provides the best available research to explore sexual assault program services and the challenges with meeting sexual assault survivors’ needs in multi-service programs.Bibliography Cover

This annotated bibliography is part of the National Sexual Assault Demonstration Initiative project.




On February 26, 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a report on Intimate Partner Violence in the United States - 2010. The National Sexual Violence Resource provides this set of talking points for highlights on the findings related to sexual violence. For more information on emerging sexual violence research visit the NSVRC xCHANGE forum. A brief summary comparing NISVS to previous national surveys is available at: National Research on Sexual Violence: A Look to the Future.

The Sexual Assault Demonstration Initiative (SADI) Newsletter serves as a project brief to the field on the first national demonstration initiative designed to identify and disseminate information on promising practices for enhancing services to sexual violence survivors in dual and multi-service agencies. This edition provides access to community assessment tools created through the initiative and lessons learned from demonstration sites as they conducted community assessments.

Read Summer 2013 Edition.

Una guía para jóvenes sobre el activismo, la sexualidad saludable y la prevención de la violencia sexual. En inglés.

Un recurso acerca de la sexualidad orientada por el trauma para jóvenes que están aprendiendo sobre los límites y las relaciones. En inglés.

Guía dirigida a personas adulas y organizaciones sobre cómo desafiar el adultismo y apoyar a l@s jóvenes. En inglés.

Guía dirigida a personas adultas y organizaciones para un involucramiento de jóvenes basado en fortalezas. En inglés.

Una visión general para personas adultas sobre el desarrollo sexual saludable de l@s adolescentes. En inglés.


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