Recent research suggests that Deaf women experience higher rates of sexual and domestic violence than their hearing counterparts, but are often shut off from victim services and supports that are ill-equipped to respond to their unique needs. As a result, they are denied access to services that could help them safely flee from abuse, heal from trauma, and seek justice after they have been harmed. This policy brief offers practical suggestions for expanding and enhancing Deaf survivors’ access to victim services and other supports.
Evaluating our work helps us to better understand where our strategies are working and where we may need to change course in preventing sexual violence. This bulletin discusses ways that organizations can nurture a culture of evaluation and draws from conversations with preventionists at multiple state health departments and sexual assault coalitions.
The Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance offers these recommendations based on more than 30 years of work with students, campuses, community advocates and national leaders dedicated to building an effective response to sexual assault.
This document is intended to help community members learn more about bystander intervention and how they can be engaged bystanders. It provides community members with tips on how to intervene to prevent sexual violence, examples of bystander intervention, and a list of resources.
This Victim Law Bulletin discusses the impact of secondary victimization within the criminal justice system for people who have experienced multiple forms of victimization and how to reduce the harmful impacts of this experience.
This bulletin provides sexual assault counselors and advocates with information and tools to help survivors identify how their sexual violence experiences could impact their employment and how to respond to their workplace needs.
The needs of victims of human trafficking are complex. Whether native to the United States or another country, they have often been displaced and isolated from their community. Many victims have experienced a range of physical, sexual, and psychological traumas, and may still be in danger from traffickers. As a result, victims of human trafficking deserve and require a great deal of care and compassion, assistance, and protection, from the government and from social service providers. This bulletin examines The William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008, Immigration assistance, and Visas.
This technical assistance guide is meant to assist law enforcement agencies in handling “courtesy reports,” which are taken by one law enforcement agency on behalf of another. It was designed to provide concrete assistance and address frequently asked questions, for law enforcement agencies faced with a report of sexual assault from a jurisdiction affected by a nature disaster.
This site is supported by Grant/ Cooperative Agreement No. 1UF2CE002359-03 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.