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.
Healing the Body: Exploring Comprehensive Medical Advocacy, Resource Sharing Project
Listening to Survivors- Essential Steps for the Intake Process, Resource Sharing Project
This tool assists dual/multi-service programs with restructuring their intake forms and procedures to align with approaches that are more survivor-focused and trauma-informed. Recommendations include building forms and procedures from a place of establishing relationship, safety, trust, cultural relevance, choice, collaboration and empowerment with survivors.
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.
Throw Away the Menu, Resource Sharing Project
This resource recommends dual/multi-service programs reconsider the concept of advocacy to be more responsive to the diverse and wide-ranging needs of survivors of sexual violence, and re-envision advocacy to expand beyond the care and support provided on helplines, in courtrooms, or hospitals, to also include the critical long-term emotional support survivors need in a range of contexts as they heal.
It Matters! How Defining Sexual Violence Defines Advocacy Programs, Resource Sharing Project
How advocacy programs view and define sexual violence shapes their identity and impacts the concrete ways they offer services and speak to the community. This resource explores how by widening our view of sexual violence, we can open our doors to a wider diversity of survivors. This resource also contains scenarios to reflect on and practice your advocacy skills.
Anti-Racism is Fundamental to Sexual Assault Services, Resource Sharing Project
This conversation with three OVW Technical Assistance Providers reflects on how to both personally and organizationally, regularly build new skills in order to build new practices that are embedded with a deep commitment to unlearning and disrupting all forms of oppression—and very specifically racism in order to enhance our sexual assault services to survivors.
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.
We know that we are not the only support system for survivors of sexual violence. Friends, family, and partners of survivors provide emotional care and connection to survivors in our rural communities, even when they don’t have a relationship with our program. Friends and family of survivors have unique needs independent of the survivors they love and we can provide outreach and services to meet these needs. Join Leah Green from the Resource Sharing Project for this interactive webinar to learn more about reaching friends and family of survivors and to practice the skills necessary to support the whole community.