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Stopping the Stigma: Changing Public Perceptions of Sexual Assault in Rural Communities

Articles or Reports | January 1, 2010
Author: Other

This information packet is designed to assist rape crisis centers in rural or remote areas in gaining support from their respective communities with the goal of creating partnerships to meet the needs of survivors and end sexual violence. Many rural communities are geographically isolated or cover a large area; thus, outreach in places where people come together is a key component of this packet. Outreach targets will focus on the following: schools, faith communities, local businesses, and community groups.

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Strangulation and Domestic Violence: The Edge of Homicide

Articles or Reports | September 1, 2014
Author: Other

Article published by Gael Strack, J.D. and Casey Gwinn, J.D. in the Domestic Violence Report, Vol. 19, No. 6, August/September 2014

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Strengthening the Medico-Legal Response to Sexual Assault

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Author: Other

Medico-legal evidence is at the intersection of medical and justice processes and appropriate implementation requires coordination between the range of actors and sectors involved in prevention of, and response to, sexual violence; these include health services, social services, forensic medicine, forensic lab services, police/ investigation, and the legal system, including lawyers and judges.

This toolkit is practitioner focused and addresses key knowledge gaps within and between sectors, to help support service provision and coordination in low-resource settings. It is part of a World Health Organization (WHO) and United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Project on Strengthening Medico-Legal Services for Sexual Violence Cases in Conflict-Affected Settings, supported by United Nations Action against Sexual Violence in Conflict (UN Action).

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Student Safety, Justice, and Support: Policy Guidelines for California Campuses Addressing Sexual Assault, Dating/Domestic Violence and Stalking

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Author: ValorUs

In 2014, several new federal and California laws were passed that require colleges and universities to comply with new standards, develop more detailed protocols, codify partnerships, and provide comprehensive prevention education and outreach. In particular, sections of California’s Education Code §§ 67386, 67383, 67380 were added or amended to ensure more coordinated, transparent, and comprehensive policies and protocols that protect survivors, encourage on and off-campus collaborations, and guide comprehensive prevention strategies. This document will provide an overview and examples of how schools can best comply with the new regulations and requirements.

 

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Study Reveals Unique Issues Face by Deaf Victims of Sexual Assault

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Sexual assault victims who are deaf face unique issues not encountered by the hearing, according to a recent study funded by the National Institute of Justice.1 Researcher Jennifer Obinna and colleagues at the Minneapolis Council on Crime and Justice interviewed 51 deaf citizens, 15 service providers (both deaf and hearing), and 10 police officers in their investigation of the impact of sexual assault on members of the deaf community.2 In their final report on the project, the researchers offered recommendations for improving the relationship between law enforcement and the deaf community.

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Successfully Investigating Sexual Assault Against Victims with Disabilities

Training Modules | February 1, 2014
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This OnLine Training Institute (OLTI) module provides guidance for first responders as well as investigators and even prosecutors. However, it is also intended to be helpful for others whose work intersects with the criminal justice system.

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Suggested Guidelines on Language Use for Sexual Assault

Training Bulletins | June 1, 2013
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This training bulletin addresses a question that is commonly asked by law enforcement investigators: Do I need to get a sworn statement from the victim at the conclusion of an interview? This training bulletin concludes that a sworn statement is not needed from victims or witnesses, because there is no clear advantage yet several critical disadvantages.

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Summary of Laws and Guidelines: Payment of Sexual Assault Medical Forensic Examinations (Full Report with Charts)

Articles or Reports | August 1, 2012
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This document provides a state-by-state summary of the laws and guidelines surrounding sexual assault medical forensic examinations. This document is current as of August 2012.

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Support for Survivors: Training for Sexual Assault Counselors

Articles or Reports | January 1, 2008
Author: Other

The contents of the manual are set up to provide you with a narrative background on topics that are critical to sexual assault counseling and advocacy.

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Supporting Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) Survivors of Sexual Assault

Articles or Reports | January 1, 2010
Author: Other

This publication is a chapter update to the Support for Survivors Training Manual, which was first published in 2001 by the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CALCASA).

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Supporting Survivors of Human Trafficking

Articles or Reports | January 1, 2010
Author: Other

This publication is a chapter update to the Support for Survivors Training Manual, which was first published in 2001 by the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CALCASA).

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Supporting Survivors of Sexual Assault in the Military System

Articles or Reports | January 1, 2010
Author: Other

This publication is a chapter update to the Support for Survivors Training Manual, which was first published in 2001 by the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CALCASA). This chapter is designed to introduce you to the military environment and provide you with a guide to understanding its structure and the military justice system as it relates to sexual assault. In addition, it will address what options may be available for sexual assault survivors in the military and give you ideas about how to develop allies within the military system to provide accessible services to military personnel and their families.

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Surviving Sexual Violence on the Streets: A Know-Your-Rights Film for Homeless Women

Videos | August 25, 2016
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This film was created in Portland, Oregon, through an Office on Violence Against Women-funded partnership between Transition Projects and the Victim Rights Law Center. It is the result of many people’s hard work, compassion, and desire to bring to light the connection between homelessness and sexual violence.

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Survivor Confidentiality and Privacy: Releases and Waivers At-A-Glance

Tools & Templates | January 1, 2008
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This one pager quickly reviews best practices for non-profit community based advocacy agencies to maintain survivor confidentiality and privacy under the U.S. federal Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), including obligations to notify survivors, ensure consent is informed, written and reasonably time limited, and, who can authorize a release of information. (2008)

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Survivor Notification: Recommendations for Oregon

Articles or Reports | February 1, 2016
Author: Other

The Oregon Attorney General’s Sexual Assault Task Force (SATF) convened a Victim Notification Work Group to develop recommendations for how Oregon will approach survivor notification after processing untested Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence (SAFE) Kits. This excellent resource provides a definitions of terms for practitioners, detailed information on who, when, and how a survivor should be contacted, sample language practitioners can use when notifying survivors, and a sample letter to use when phone or in-person contacts have not been successful.

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Survivors Behind Bars: Supporting Survivors of Prison Rape and Sexual Assault

Articles or Reports | January 1, 2010
Author: Other

This publication is a chapter update to the Support for Survivors Training Manual, which was first published in 2001 by the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CALCASA).

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Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

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SNAP is the largest, oldest and most active support group for women and men wounded by religious and institutional authorities (priests, ministers, bishops, deacons, nuns, coaches, teachers, and others).

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Suspect Instructions: DoD Sexual Assault Evidence Collection Kit and DD Form 2911

Tools & Templates | September 1, 2015
Author: Other

The following instructions have been written to assist the examining healthcare provider in the collection of evidentiary specimens from a SUSPECT using the DoD Sexual Assault Evidence Collection Kit.

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Sustaining a Coordinated Community Response: Sexual Assault Response and Resource Teams (SARRT)

Training Modules | June 1, 2007
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This OnLine Training Institute (OLTI) module offers guidance on how to establish, expand, and sustain a local SARRT to improve the coordination of services for victims across disciplines and agencies in the community. It covers much of the same conten as the other OLTI module on SARRTs (Sexual Assault Response and Resource Teams: A Guide for Rural and Remote Communities), but without the specific focus on rural and remote communities.

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Sworn Statements

Training Bulletins | December 1, 2012
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This training bulletin addresses a question that is commonly asked by law enforcement investigators: Do I need to get a sworn statement from the victim at the conclusion of an interview? This training bulletin concludes that a sworn statement is not needed from victims or witnesses, because there is no clear advantage yet several critical disadvantages.

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Teen Dating Violence: A Closer Look at Adolescent Romantic Relationships

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In this article we offer a gender-based analysis of teen dating violence with a developmental perspective. We look at what we know — and what we don’t know — about who is the perpetrator and who is the victim in teen dating violence. We also discuss how adult and adolescent romantic relationships differ in the hope that an examination of existing research will help us better understand the problem and move the field toward the creation of developmentally appropriate prevention programs and effective interventions for teenagers.

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Teen Dating Violence: How Peers Can Affect Risk & Protective Factors

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This Research in Brief looks at the research from the perspective of one key emerging theme: Peers and the contexts in which peers interact can contribute to their risk for and protection against dating violence. Although we focus primarily on findings from NIJ-funded research, we also draw upon the broader literature on adolescent development and romantic relationships to show ways that teens shape each other’s experiences across the spectrum of entering into and leaving violent romantic relationships.

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Testing the Efficacy of SANE/SART Programs: Do They Make a Difference in Sexual Assault Arrest & Prosecution Outcomes?

Articles or Reports | May 1, 2006
Author: Other

The goal of this study is to test the efficacy of SANE/SART programs as a tool in the criminal justice system.

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