The 2014 Fall & Winter edition of The Resource celebrates the 20th anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act.
Vice President Joe Biden recently deemed VAWA his “proudest legislative achievement.” In an article inside this issue, a legal advocate gives an inside look at what it was like to work on the second iteration of the landmark legislation in 1998.
Other topics covered in this issue include:
Primary prevention: It’s for everyone, so how can we make getting started more accessible?
Community Voices: We asked members of the anti-sexual violence movement to tell us their favorite ways to practice self-care.
Racism: Becoming an anti-racist organization is a process; let’s begin.
Evaluation: It’s important to evaluate our prevention work. But how can we do that effectively?
There’s even more inside! Want to read about a topic we haven’t covered? Send your idea to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks for reading.
The Violence Against Women Act of 2005 requires that sexual assault victims must not be required to file law enforcement reports in order to receive free exams. This study examined how states are meeting these goals. It found that victim compensation funds are by far the largest funder of exams across the country. In the 19 jurisdictions included in case studies, victims generally received free exams without having to report if they did not want to. However, barriers to even accessing the exam prevent some victims from seeking help.
This bookletby the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault (TAASA) includes basic information about the period immediately after the victimization. For example, 'Who can help me?' 'Do I have to tell the police what happened to me?' and 'How will my family and my friends react?'. There are also lists of resources in Texas In Spanish. Ordering information (the PDF is free).
Este folleto por la Asociación de Tejas Contra el Asalto Sexual (en inglés, TAASA) incluye información básica sobre el periodo inmediatamente después de la victimización. Por ejemplo, ‘¿Quién me puede ayudar?’ ‘¿Tengo que dar parte a la policía de lo que me sucedio?’ y ‘¿Como reaccionaran mis familiares y mis amigos?’. También hay listas de recursos en Tejas. En inglés. Información para hacer un pedido (el PDF es gratis).
FORGE offers a fact sheet for victim services professionals discussing the "Terms Paradox." Related to providing effective and competent advocacy to transgender and gender-nonconforming individuals, this paradox refers to the idea that the terms used in providing service are both crucial to establishing safety and support, and meaningless in the basic foundations of effective service provision.
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