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Key Findings from “A Systematic Review of Primary Prevention Strategies for Sexual Violence Perpetration”

Articles or Reports | January 1, 2014
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This guide discusses the 2014 research article “A systematic review of primary prevention strategies for sexual violence perpetration” by Sarah DeGue et al. It summarizes the methods and discusses key findings of the systematic review. It also proposes ways preventionists can use this research to identify promising prevention strategies, strengthen and evaluate their current efforts, and advocate with funders, policymakers, researchers, and community partners.

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Law Enforcement’s Role in Victim Compensation

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Law enforcement officers, often the first and possibly the only professionals to speak to victims following a crime, are a vital component in providing justice, information, and services to crime victims. Law enforcement provides a critical connection between the justice system and victim support services, ensuring that victims know about all available resources.

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Legal Momentum

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Ensures economic and personal security for all women and girls.

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Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and HIV-Affected: Intimate Partner Violence – 2011

Articles or Reports | January 1, 2012
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The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs’ (NCAVP) annual reports on LGBTQH intimate partner violence are still the only reports of their kind, and the most comprehensive data available on LGBTQH intimate partner violence in the United States. The 2012 report includes the first national person-level data on LGBTQH intimate partner violence ever released. This report is a testament to the critical work of NCAVP’s membership, and a call to our communities and policymakers to join our efforts to build the power and resources needed to end LGBTQH intimate partner violence, and to create just and equitable communities. We hope that the findings, recommendations, and best practices within this report compel all of us to action – joining the movement to end LGBTQH intimate partner violence.

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Make the Call: A New Online Toolkit for Rural Advocacy Programs

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This toolkit offers a free, on-demand resource for advocacy programs to connect victims of battering with community-based advocacy as soon as possible after law enforcement has responded to a domestic violence 911 call.

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Making a Difference (MAD) Project: Summary Document

Other | January 1, 2010
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The Making a Difference (MAD) Project was an innovative, long-term project funded by the William H. Donner Foundation. The vision for the MAD project was that multidisciplinary teams from eight US and eight Canadian communities would join together to collaboratively establish new standards for effectively investigating and prosecuting sexual assault. This document summarizes the project and provides links to various research materials and findings.

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Making PREA and Victim Services Accessible for Incarcerated People with Disabilities: An Implementation Guide for Practitioners on the Adult and Juvenile Standards

Articles or Reports | October 1, 2015
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The Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003 (PREA) established a federal commission to draft national standards that address sexual abuse in confinement settings. PREA also required the U.S. Attorney General to promulgate regulations based on the standards that apply to all federal, state, and local confinement settings, including juvenile detention, lockups, and community confinement. The federal PREA standards require agencies to take a number of steps to prevent, detect, and respond to sexual abuse. Among those steps are making sure that incarcerated people with disabilities have an equal opportunity to participate and benefit from all of the agency’s PREA efforts. Making PREA and Victim Services Accessible for Incarcerated People with Disabilities: An Implementation Guide for Practitioners on the Adult and Juvenile Standards provides strategies to correctional agencies that will aid their compli­ance with these PREA requirements. The strategies discussed in this guide draw on established practices used by victim service organizations—both community-based and those based in government agencies—to make their services more accessible for this pop­ulation. By offering concrete recom­mendations on how to adapt these community practices to correctional settings, this guide aims to help adult and juvenile correctional facilities increase accessibility for people with disabilities.

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Making Sense of DNA Backlogs, 2010 — Myths vs. Reality

Articles or Reports | February 1, 2011
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Practitioners, policymakers, and the public all ask why DNA backlogs persist even after the federal government has provided hundreds of millions of dollars to eliminate them. This is a fair question; to answer it requires understanding both what a backlog is and how backlogs can be reduced. This report addresses that question and the answers to it.

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Mandatory Reporting of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Statutes

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This document, from the National District Attorney’s Association, provides state-by-state mandatory reporting statues for sexual assault and domestic violence.

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Maryland Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner (SAFE) Programs Statewide Needs Assessment

Articles or Reports | June 11, 2003
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This report reviews the findings of the Maryland SAFE Programs Needs Assessment.

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Maturing Your Services: Advocating for Survivors of Sexual Violence in Later Life

Training Modules | January 1, 2013
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This interactive online course is designed to increase advocates’ and other victim service professionals’ capacity for serving victims of sexual violence in later life. Considerations for serving older adult victims are explored in three sections–social, physical, and emotional factors– with opportunities to practice and reflect upon the information.

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Maze of Injustice: The Failure to Protect Indigenous Women from Sexual Violence in the USA

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This report focuses on sexual violence against Indigenous women in the USA. Governments have a responsibility to ensure that women are able to enjoy their right to freedom from sexual violence. As citizens of particular tribal nations, the welfare and safety of American Indian and Alaska Native women are directly linked to the authority and capacity of their nations to address such violence.

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Media Advocacy Guide

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The relationship between advocacy agencies and local media ranges anywhere from very close and collegial to non-existent or fearful. This guide should help to bridge gaps where they exist, to help build capacity for those who have not gone down that path, or as an additional resource for those who have developed media plans.

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Medical Response to Child Sexual Abuse

| January 1, 2011
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An essential resource for clinicians, nurses, and other medical professionals who are tasked with identifying, investigating, and treating child sexual abuse. This all-encompassing guide covers a wide range of topics, from assault to exploitation, all aimed at better recognizing and effectively treating children who have been sexually abused.

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Medical Screening in Rural Areas

Articles or Reports | January 1, 2004
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Contrary to popular belief, issues of SA and IPV are more common and challenging to deal with in rural areas than in many more populous areas. Women in both urban and rural sites should be screened and clues for violence should be explored. Finally clinicians should be equipped to assist the abused woman to access the resources she needs to heal and to prevent continued victimization.

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Meeting the Legal Needs of Human Trafficking Victims: An Introduction for Domestic Violence Attorneys and Advocates

Articles or Reports | January 1, 2009
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This guide will help practitioners: Recognize trafficking victims among your existing domestic violence caseload; Identify the key civil legal remedies and other issues that you will need to explore in order to effectively assist human trafficking victims; and Identify and use other resources to pursue specific legal remedies and secure social services and other benefits for your clients.

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Men Can Stop Rape

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Mobilizes men to use their strength for creating cultures free from violence, especially men’s violence against women.

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Michigan Model Policy: The Law Enforcement Response to Sexual Assault for Adults and Young Adults

Tools & Templates | August 1, 2015
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The State of Michigan Sexual Assault Model Policy Working Group was created by the Michigan Domestic and Sexual Violence Prevention and Treatment Board to draft a resource for law enforcement agencies that represents best practices for the effective response to, and investigation of, the sexual assault of adults and young adults. The policy was drafted as a statewide resource with the understanding that individual law enforcement agencies will need to adapt it to the needs of their department based on size, department structure, and available resources.

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Military Sexual Trauma

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This resource details some of the potential acts that could cause sexual trauma in a military setting and the impact this trauma might have on the victim.

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Minnesota Model Policies for Forensic Compliance

Articles or Reports | November 1, 2011
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This document is designed to assist Minnesota jurisdictions with the creation and implementation of written policies on forensic compliance topics. We hope this document can help eliminate confusion and ensure that victims of sexual assault in Minnesota receive the care that they are due under both federal and Minnesota law.

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Model Policy for Interactions with Immigrant Victims of Crime and Human Trafficking & Signing of U Visa Certifications and T Visa Declarations

Tools & Templates | October 31, 2016
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The purpose of this Model Policy is to endorse the use of the U visa as a crime-fighting tool for police departments to better serve immigrant victims of crime that they encounter in their communities. Departments can better serve this vulnerable population by removing the fear of deportation that result in a lack of reporting violent crimes and cases of human trafficking to local law enforcement.

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Model Policy for Law Enforcement on Communicating with People Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

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The purpose of this Model Policy is to endorse the use of the U visa as a crime-fighting tool for police departments to better serve immigrant victims of crime that they encounter in their communities. Departments can better serve this vulnerable population by removing the fear of deportation that result in a lack of reporting violent crimes and cases of human trafficking to local law enforcement.

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Model Policy Materials – Evidence Retention, Disposition, and/or Removal

Tools & Templates | November 1, 2015
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EVAWI created Model Policy Materials on Evidence Retention, Disposition, and/or Removal to provide law enforcement agencies guidance in this important and often overlooked area. The materials include sample language to adapt for an agency policy, as well as instructional commentary. They can therefore be used as an educational tool as well as a resource template to assist in the development of policies, protocols, and training materials.

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Model Policy Resource: Law Enforcement Sexual Misconduct Prevention and Accountability

Training Bulletins | February 1, 2020
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This document was created to help law enforcement agencies work collaboratively with agency personnel, community partners, and legal counsel to develop their own agency-specific policy to address sexual misconduct committed by sworn and civilian personnel. It is provided in an accessible format that can be easily adapted by law enforcement agencies to create a new policy or build on an existing policy.

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Model Protocol on Safety Planning for Domestic Violence Victims with Disabilities

Protocols | March 1, 2003
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The goal of this protocol and recommended policies is to support domestic violence agencies: to increase their safety planning services to people with disabilities and advance self-determination for people with disabilities by offering safety planning that is cognizant of environmental and social barriers. This protocol builds on the existing safety planning knowledge of domestic violence programs. Basic safety planning strategies will not be reviewed in this document.

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Model Response to Sexual Violence for Prosecutors (RSVP): An Invitation to Lead

Articles or Reports | January 1, 2017
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The RSVP Model is a collection of office- and case-level promising practices that have been identified through research and experience to result in positive case outcomes, using measures of success that extend beyond conviction rates. The RSVP Model also provides a performance management system with a tool for offices and individual prosecutors to measure their effectiveness in achieving the intended outcomes, and proposes a method of routine evaluation of prosecution practices that can be refined as necessary in response to evolving research, emerging issues, or changing conditions in a jurisdiction. The RSVP Model is intended to serve as a comprehensive tool for making decisions on office policy and individual cases of sexual violence.

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Multidisciplinary SART Video

Videos | September 1, 2019
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Professionals in Alachua County, Florida created this multi-disciplinary video detailing the role of Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) members, including victim advocates, forensic medical examiners, investigators, and prosecutors. Team members share strategies from each disciplinary perspective on how to respond in a supportive, trauma-informed manner. The video was created by the Alachua County Communications Department.

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Muslim Community Response Wheel

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Provides suggestions on how people who identify as Muslim can respond when someone discloses abuse.

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Muslim Power and Control Wheel

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Power and Control Wheel for Muslim Faith

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National Alliance to End Sexual Violence

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Educates the policy community about federal laws, legislation and appropriations impacting the fight to end sexual violence.

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