Healing from sexual violence is a process that often takes time, resources, and empathic support. A common analogy for the healing process is a spiral. You go through the same stages again and again; but traveling up the spiral, you pass through them at a different level, with a different perspective...
With each new cycle, your capacity to feel, to remember,to make lasting changes is strengthened (Bass & Davis, 2008, p. 59). Sexual assault services programs play a pivotal role in the healing journey of those who have experienced sexual violence.They provide advocacy services related to the immediate crisis and long-term needs of survivors, as well as prevention and education efforts focused on building strong and safe communities.
Many of the individuals served are survivors of multiple forms of trauma, including: historical trauma, repeated victimization, marginalization, discrimination, and other formsof violence. When programs are grounded in this understanding, it sets the foundation for providing services that are anticipative of and responsive to the trauma that survivors have experienced.
This guide provides information to support sexual assault services programs in strengthening their organizational and individual responses to survivors of sexual violence through the use of a trauma-informed approach. Visit the page here or download the complete guide below.
It is organized as follows:
- Understanding trauma
- Defining trauma-informed services
- Core principles of trauma-informed services
- Spheres of implementation
- A guide for integrating trauma-informed services