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The Power of Social Connection Developing and Coordinating Sustainable Support Group Programs for Survivors of Sexual Violence

A joint project by Orange County Rape Crisis Center and North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault, this manual is designed to assist with developing and coordinating safe and effective support group programs for survivors of sexual violence. This section of the manual gives an overview of how support groups can be influential in survivors’ healing processes as well as information on the authors of this manual.

Taylor Teichman Fri, 01/03/2014 - 13:14
Supporting Crime Victims With Disabilities Curriculum

Crime victims with disabilities may face challenges that other victims do not face, such as the ability to access services or communicate with advocates. Supporting Crime Victims With Disabilities, a new training curriculum, focuses on recognizing and addressing these challenges so that all victims with disabilities receive the support and assistance they need. (OVC) Downloadable training materials for presenters who are providing training is available.

Materials are available in English or/o en Español.

Ali Mailen Perrotto Mon, 08/06/2012 - 14:24
Forging New Collaborations: A Guide for Rape Crisis, Domestic Violence, and Disability Organizations

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.

Ali Mailen Perrotto Tue, 05/31/2011 - 14:17

Competencies Needed by Health Professionals for Addressing Exposure to Violence and Abuse In Patient Care

This publication is provided as a starting point for professional organizations and educational institutions to prepare their helping professionals, including doctors, dentists, nurses, v...

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Excellence in Advocacy: A Victim Centered Approach

This manual was developed through a collaboration of the Family Violence Prevention Center (FVPC) and the Family Violence Prevention Center Advisory Council. The FVPC Advisory Council consists of criminal justice experts from around the state who work on domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence and stalking issues. This publication, while helpful for all victim advocates, was specifically designed for victim advocates who have been in the field five years or less. The publication includes information on the following topics:

  • What is advocacy?   • National/State Code of Conduct for advocates   • Unauthorized practice of law   • Picking your battles   • Legal remedies   • Safety planning   • Emerging issues  
Sally Laskey Fri, 12/10/2010 - 16:26
Elder Sexual Assault: Technical Assistance Manual for Pennsylvania’s Sexual Violence Centers

The goal of this technical assistance manual is to allow sexual violence advocates/counselors to become adept in dealing with elder clients. It provides basic information about how to effectively work with elder clients.

Sally Laskey Tue, 05/18/2010 - 18:45
Evaluation for Improvement: A Seven-step Empowerment Evaluation Approach for Violence Prevention Organizations

This manual is designed to help violence prevention organizations hire an empowerment evaluator who will assist them in building their evaluation capacity through a learn-by-doing process of evaluating their own strategies. It is for state and local leaders and staff members of organizations, coalitions, government agencies, and/or partnerships working to prevent sexual violence, intimate partner violence, youth violence, suicide, and/or child maltreatment.

  The manual discusses seven steps an organization might take to hire an empowerment evaluator from preparing for the hiring process to assessing and sustaining the evaluation. Resources, worksheets, and sample documents are included to make the hiring process easier. The manual also includes “Field Notes,” documenting the experiences and lessons learned from CDC’s DELTA and EMPOWER grantees in hiring empowerment evaluators.   Additional information on violence prevention can be found by accessing the following links:
Sally Laskey Fri, 03/26/2010 - 17:19

Immigration Relief for Crime Victims: The U Visa Manual

This manual aims to provide guidance to lawyers on issues that arise in the context of representing U visa applicants. It is designed for practitioners who are familiar with basic immigration terms and legal concepts. The manual is not meant to be an exhaustive source of the law; it is not meant to provide instruction on every aspect of representation, nor is it meant to take the place of direct legal advice, advocacy, or a practitioner’s own research and evaluation of the case.

Immigration Relief for Crime Victims: The U Visa Manual