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How can I support pregnant survivors accessing services?

July 1st, 2014 CaseyKeene No comments

Pregnant WomanSince releasing the TA Guidance, Birth Doulas and Shelter Advocates: Creating Partnerships and Building Capacity [21 p], and hosting a webinar on Trauma-Informed Birth Support for Survivors of Abuse [1 hr 24 min], the NRCDV has received several TA questions about how advocates can support pregnant survivors accessing domestic violence related services. One of the NRCDV staff moonlights as a birth doula, or childbirth/labor companion, and she offers the following advice:
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How can I enhance the capacity of college students to respond to sexual assault?

June 2nd, 2014 CaseyKeene No comments

A requestor recently contacted the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) asking for resources and ideas to develop a training for student-professionals working in campus residence halls. The goal was to review basics but also challenge students to move to the “next level” in providing an empathetic response to sexual assault disclosures.

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What are some best practices for serving Deaf survivors of gender based violence?

May 1st, 2014 CaseyKeene No comments

While limited research exists regarding the prevalence of gender based violence within the Deaf community, it is known that Deaf individuals experience violence at significant rates. Findings from a computerized American Sign Language survey suggest that deaf adults who use sign language experience notably higher rates of intimate partner violence than does the general population (Pollard, Sutter & Cerulli, 2013). Similarly, data from sexual assault service providers (both Deaf and hearing) suggests that sexual assault is a significant problem in the Deaf community, although many providers do not see Deaf clients presenting with sexual assault issues (Obinna, Krueger, Osterbaan, Sadusky & DeVore, 2006). This is because Deaf survivors experience profound isolation and lack of options in seeking help. Services are generally unavailable to this group in hearing agencies. Moreover, disclosure to formal support services about abuse may be hindered by the intimacy that exists in the Deaf community (Obinna et al., 2006).

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How can the evolution of SAAM in the U.S. inform national awareness efforts in other countries?

March 31st, 2014 CaseyKeene No comments

Rape Crisis of England and Wales, an umbrella organization for the network of independent rape crisis centers in the U.K, contacted NSVRC recently to discuss the goal of developing a national Sexual Assault Awareness Month. They were interested in how the U.S. version of Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) came to be and what the primary goals and challenges are in planning a national, month-long event.

Interestingly, the idea for SAAM was actually born from Take Back the Night events that started in England. These first awareness-raising marches took root in U.S. communities as the women’s rights movement swelled. By the late 1980’s there was a broader push for a national, organized effort. This led to an informal poll of state sexual assault coalitions by the National Coalition Against Sexual Assault (NCASA) to determine when to have a national Sexual Assault Awareness Week. A week in April was selected and by the late 1990’s, advocates and activists had expanded activities to last throughout the month.
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I can’t say “sex” in schools…help?!

February 28th, 2014 CaseyKeene No comments

In planning for Sexual Assault Awareness Month and the 2014 Campaign on healthy adolescent sexuality, the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) heard from folks across the country that they love the idea of healthy sexuality for sexual violence prevention, but the school districts in their area just wouldn’t let them say the word “sex.” While it may be a real puzzle, it’s the reality that many preventionists face.

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What resources are available to support survivors of domestic violence in taking steps towards economic security?

February 5th, 2014 CaseyKeene 1 comment

Many survivors of domestic violence have experienced economic abuse — a powerful tactic used by batterers to gain power and control in a relationship — which can have devastating short- and long-term effects on survivors. As a result of experiencing economic abuse, survivors may find themselves in need of guidance and support with respect to their finances. When an abusive partner hides income, drains bank accounts, ruins credit, sabotages efforts to work or go to school, damages housing, or uses other tactics, survivors have a more difficult time maintaining a job, securing housing, and making financial ends meet.

Given these factors, economic security — the condition of having a stable living wage or other resources to support a quality standard of living — is all the more important for survivors and their families.
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