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The NSVRC collects information and resources to assist those working to prevent sexual violence and to improve resources, outreach and response strategies. This page lists resources on this website that have been developed by NSVRC staff.

Finding help You are not alone. Even in disasters, help is available. Contact any of the resources below for free and confidential support. You can also learn more about safety and privacy considerations for seeking help online or by phone. Disaster Distress Helpline Call or Text 1.800.985.5990 24/7 free and confidential support for people experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster. National Sexual Assault Hotline Call 1.800.656.HOPE (4673)  |  Online chat 24/7 free and confidential support around sexual harassment, abuse, and assault. National Human

Adapting services and outreach during a disaster Disasters require us to re-imagine sexual violence work and how we serve survivors more holistically when people are displaced, isolated, struggling to get basic necessities, or unable to reach traditional services. During the COVID-19 pandemic and other disasters, victim services providers and others have innovated to meet the changing and growing needs of survivors and their communities. This has included online/digital services, creative outreach, and flexible approaches to safety planning, housing, and financial assistance. The lessons

Preparing organizations for disasters Developing an emergency preparedness plan helps organizations and systems return to functioning as quickly as possible when disaster strikes. This can promote community-wide resilience and recovery and reduce the social and structural vulnerabilities that increase risks of sexual violence in disasters. Prairie women prepared for disaster: An emergency planning guide for women’s community organizations Prairie Women’s Health Center of Excellence (May 2009) Guidance, templates, and additional resources to create and apply customized plans for emergency

Strategies for supporting survivors Disasters can create additional risks and barriers for people who are currently experiencing violence. They can also stir up painful memories and feelings for people who have survived abuse or other traumatic events in the past. The support of caring friends and family members can make a world of difference. Calling all family and friends of families experiencing violence at home (English) Un llamando para familias y amigos de personas y familiares que experimentan violencia en el hogar (Spanish) Futures Without Violence (2020) Eight ways to support adults

Introduction In 2020, as the COVID-19 pandemic spread and stay-at-home orders went into effect across the globe, many community-based rape crisis centers and domestic violence programs reported a noticeable increase in hotline calls and requests for services. At the same time, it quickly became clear that due to structural racism and long-standing health, housing, and economic inequities in the United States, Black, Indigenous, and other communities of color were disproportionately impacted by the coronavirus itself, the financial crisis that came with it, and the subsequent risks of sexual

Organizing during a pandemic and beyond Disasters can simultaneously make community organizing more urgent and more difficult. Organizers must work to meet shifting and emerging needs in their communities in the midst of limited resources and added constraints. The resources below, many of which were created during and about COVID-19, offer recommendations and lessons learned that can strengthen community organizing efforts both in and out of disasters. COVID-19: Racial equity and social justice resources Racial Equity Tools (2020) Library of online resources to help communities and activists

This document was co-authored by staff of the National Sexual Violence Resource Center and National Resource Center on Domestic Violence, with significant input, guidance, and leadership from Black and women of color survivors and advocates. This resource makes connections between health equity and our work to prevent sexual and intimate partner violence. It centers the stories of survivors at the intersections of systemic racism, violence, and oppression. It explores ways to build both individual and organizational capacity to address health inequity. And, it offers a call to action for

Feeling connected in your community is a protective factor against the risk of perpetrating sexual violence. Are you thinking about how to measure this in your prevention work? In this episode, NSVRC’s Evaluation Coordinator, Sally J. Laskey, talks with researchers Iris Cardenas, a PhD Candidate in the School of Social Work at Rutgers University, and Dr. Jordan Steiner about the Brief Sense of Community Scale and their study that examined the cultural relevance of one specific tool with non‐Hispanic, Black, and Hispanic college students. For assistance with accessing research on this topic,

In the second part of a two-part episode, we continue our conversation with Dr. Jennifer S. Hirsch and Dr. Shamus Khan, authors of the book Sexual Citizens: A Landmark Study on Sex, Power, and Assault on Campus. On this episode, we discuss how the book has been received, as well as the implications of the book and the Sexual Health Initiative to Foster Transformation (SHIFT) study for sexual violence prevention work. Participants: Jennifer S. Hirsch, Ph.D, Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University Shamus Khan, Ph.D., Princeton University Chad Sniffen, M.P.H., National Sexual

Content warning: This episode contains a detailed account of a sexual assault. In the first part of a two-part episode, we speak with Dr. Jennifer S. Hirsch and Dr. Shamus Khan, authors of the book Sexual Citizens: A Landmark Study on Sex, Power, and Assault on Campus. Sexual Citizens was named one of National Public Radio’s Best Books of 2020. In this episode, we discuss the principles of the book and its key concepts: sexual projects, sexual citizenship, and sexual geographies. Participants: Jennifer S. Hirsch, Ph.D, Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University Shamus Khan, Ph.D