Home is supposed to mean safety, security, and comfort. But for many survivors of sexual violence, home can be a triggering space fraught with memories of violence and trauma. The resources below will help your rural program use housing advocacy to create spaces of healing and comfort for survivors of sexual violence.
Creating 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.
College-Aged but on the Streets: Young Adults Who Experience Homelessness and Sexual Violence, Resource Sharing Project
This paper explores young adults experiencing homelessness and sexual violence. This resource helps your program think about expanding and improving services for young adults who do not attend college since it isn’t a reality for everyone.
Strong Foundation for Healing: Shelter and Sexual Violence, Resource Sharing Project
Sexual assault is a most intimate crime, and when it happens in our most intimate sanctuaries—our homes—the trauma is devastating and difficult to escape. This resource addresses the need for housing, how to see shelter services differently, and provides checklists for programs exploring housing advocacy.
Opening the Door: An Advocate’s Guide to Housing and Sexual Violence, National Sexual Violence Resource Center
This guide is intended to equip advocates with information and resources to support their housing advocacy efforts. To these ends, information on housing as both a sexual violence prevention and intervention advocacy area is explored.
We often think of domestic violence survivors when we think of shelter services, but sexual violence survivors need shelter and housing too. Escaping sexual violence is one of the main causes of homelessness and being homeless dramatically increases one’s risk of being sexually assaulted. Adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse need shelter, trafficked survivors need shelter, elder survivors need shelter. All survivors of sexual violence need a stable, trauma informed environment to heal. Join Elizabeth Bauer from the Resource Sharing Project as we focus on the specific shelter and housing needs of sexual violence survivors.