Our ability to help survivors of sexual violence navigate their own personal journey of healing is dependent upon the knowledge we gather and the skills we practice. Sexual violence advocacy requires many intangible skills such as active listening, empathy, building rapport, empowerment, and collaboration. With the resources below you will be able to practice these advocacy skills in order to help survivors find their voices and reclaim their power.
Tips for Active Listening, Resource Sharing Project
This tip sheet provides information about the four main skills involved in active listening: Reflecting, Encouraging, Summarizing, and Exploring, along with examples.
A Welcoming Introduction to Services, Resource Sharing Project
This publication gives an example of a letter which could be given to survivors during intake. This example is based on a letter one program, The Firecracker Foundation, gives to welcome survivors into services and remind them of the program’s ongoing support. A version of this letter could be given to survivors and their loved ones in hospital settings, during intake, or other entry points into services.
Strengthening Our Practice, Resource Sharing Project
This guide is meant to help you find your way through this difficult and amazing work. It describes ten attributes or skills that are essential to dual advocates working with sexual violence survivors. It offers activities, exercises, and questions to help you practice skills and explore new areas of your advocacy practice.
Discovering the Path Forward: Exploring Employment Advocacy, Resource Sharing Project
This resource contains recommendations and creative solutions for advocacy organizations looking to expand their capacity to provide employment advocacy for sexual violence survivors.
Creative Spaces of Healing: Exploring Housing Advocacy, Resource Sharing Project
This resource outlines the advocate's role in housing advocacy, adjustments to current housing, community partnerships, and searching for new housing.
Listen Up! Active Listening as Advocacy, Resource Sharing Project
Through interactive scenarios and discussion this course introduces you to the key principles and various active listening skills we can use to enhance the ways in which we connect with and serve survivors of sexual violence. The course also offers additional handouts with scenarios and exercises for practicing active listening skills.
Maturing Your Services: Advocating for Survivors of Sexual Violence in Later Life, National Sexual Violence Resource Center
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.
Sexual Violence Against Farmworkers: A Guidebook for Social Service Providers, Victim Rights Law Center
The goal of this guidebook is to increase the knowledge and skills of social service providers so they can better serve farmworkers who have experienced sexual violence. It provides helpful explanations about the life and work of farmworkers as well as unique issues that may impact the services you provide. Each section presents a distinct topic, concluding with questions designed to engage you in better assisting farmworker victims of sexual violence in your community.
The variety of services that support healing for sexual assault survivors are expansive and sometimes look different than what we think of as traditional services. This webinar is intended for rural advocates who are interested in learning and sharing about advocacy for sexual violence survivors that goes one step further. Topics include housing advocacy, employment advocacy, long term advocacy, medical advocacy, and education advocacy.
First impressions matter when working with sexual assault survivors who have never sought services before. This interactive webinar focuses on orienting survivors to services through a trauma informed lens. Topics include risk assessments, intake paperwork, language, and explaining advocacy to sexual assault survivors.
Despite the prevalence of stalking—a crime affecting some 6-7.5 million people at some time in their lives—advocates and other allied professions responsible for working with stalking victims may feel hampered by lack of training and resources to address the crime of stalking in a comprehensive manner. This webinar addresses common tactics used by perpetrators, identify stalking-specific risk assessment tools to better determine the level of threat to victims, identify the intersection of stalking and sexual violence, and discuss effective safety planning strategies particular to survivors in rural areas. Please join Leah Green from the Resource Sharing Project and Jennifer Landhuis from the Stalking Prevention Awareness & Resource Center (SPARC) to learn more about stalking in rural communities.