Dual/multi-service advocacy programs are in a unique position to provide excellent rural sexual assault resources when offered effective strategies in organizational structure, staff training, and community partnerships that successfully balance programmatic needs and meet the unique needs of sexual violence survivors. The resources below will help you create an organizational structure and culture to best serve survivors of sexual violence.
Community Donations for Sexual Violence Survivors, Resource Sharing Project
Our donation list for advocacy organizations includes items to explore healing for sexual violence survivors. This resources outlines comfort items, spiritual items, items to help reconnect to the body, and holistic approaches.
Board of Directors Toolkit for Nonprofit Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Organizations, Resource Sharing Project
This toolkit assists the board of directors and staff at nonprofit domestic violence and sexual assault organizations in understanding the basic elements for building the capacity of their volunteer boards of directors. This toolkit provides a general summary of each element along with links to sample tools and resources that can be adapted to your specific organizational needs.
Core Services and Characteristics of Rape Crisis Centers, Resource Sharing Project
Rape crisis centers and state coalitions have evolved in unique circumstances, but there are commonalities across the field, and there is consensus on some important facets of providing sexual assault services. This document examines several states sexual assault service standards to uncover similarities and differences in service provision across the country.
Opening Our Doors: Building Strong Sexual Assault Services in Dual/Multi-Service Advocacy Agencies, Resource Sharing Project
Dual/multi-service programs are in a unique position to provide excellent rural sexual assault resources when offered effective strategies in organizational structure, staff training, and community partnerships that successfully balance programmatic needs and meet the unique needs of sexual violence survivors. This guide explores ten components of high-quality sexual assault service in dual/multi-service advocacy agencies.
Remote Supervision in Rural Dual/Multi-Service Advocacy Agencies, Resource Sharing Project
This guide is intended for rural supervisors and directors at agencies that serve sexual assault survivors searching for concrete information on how to provide effective supervision to the advocates and staff they employ.
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.
Change Starts Within- Strengthening Services, Resource Sharing Project
This resource is a recording of a conversation between two state/national Program Directors as they talk about trauma-informed supervision—and what that looks like for supporting and taking care of staff/advocates while being rooted in resiliency, honesty, trust, and giving advocates the support and tools they need to do this work. There is also a handout which is a companion piece to the recorded conversation.
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.
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.
ReShape Newsletter: Supervision Tools, Resource Sharing Project
Supervision is powerful. Not only is it key to retaining employees, effective supervision also mitigates vicarious trauma and helps organizations expand their capacity to create change in their communities. In this edition of ReShape, we look at a range of supervision tools, including several templates, that can help sexual assault coalition staff and programs strengthen their supervision practices.
Developing Program Policies on Staff Use of Personal and Remote Devices: Ten Tips, Victim Rights Law Center
Victim service providers are increasingly using electronic devices offsite to communicate with survivors and to access survivors’ personal information remotely. While each provider’s needs and services are unique, this resource focuses on some general principles and policies that organizations should consider and address.
An Integrated Anti-Oppression Framework from Reviewing and Developing Policy, Springtide Resources
This toolkit is designed to help community service organizations become better able to reflect the values, beliefs and life experiences of everyone in their community. In this way, they will become places rich with diversity and difference where everyone works to challenge and dismantle all forms of oppression. The toolkit provides detailed information on how to conduct an anti-oppression review of your organization's policies.
This resource is a planning toolkit which provides resources and support to build language access as a core service for survivors with limited English proficiency.
Organizational Trauma and Healing a book by Pat Vivian and Shana Hormann
Are you worried about how you are doing in your job? Are you looking for ways to help your organization be more sustainable or even heal from hurtful events in its past? The ideas and stories in Organizational Trauma and Healing will provide relief and hope to you as you think about your experiences and also offer new ideas for how to improve the health and well-being of your organization. The intention is to help leaders and members to understand organizational identity, culture, trauma, and traumatization so they can use that information to heal their organizations and promote organizational health.
Managing to Change the World a book by The Management Center
Leaders of today’s nonprofit organizations need to know how to turn their missions and strategies into real world impact, and that’s what Managing to Change the World is all about. In the second edition of this book is step-by-step guidance on how nonprofit leaders can get great results. Whether you’re a new manager or an experienced one, Managing to Change the World will give you the tools you need to translate your vision into reality.
This webinar specifically addresses the overall roles and responsibilities of a nonprofit organization’s Board of Directors. This topic includes the legal and fiduciary responsibilities of a Board of Directors. Joining us for this webinar is Ellen Yin-Wycoff, Nonprofit Sustainability Technical Assistance Specialist, who provides tips and tools to building a successful Board of Directors.
This webinar was presented by staff from the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) Grants Financial Management Division (GFMD). They addressed the grants financial management practices and procedures required for all OVW grants including GMS user roles and functions, conditional budget review and approvals, budget modifications (GAN process), Federal Financial Reports (SF-425), and drawdowns. They also provided an overview of existing resources through OVW for grantees. This webinar is highly recommended for project directors and fiscal staff at nonprofit agencies that receive OVW funding.
The New Uniform Guidance: The Impact On Your Nonprofit Agency’s Financial Management Practices webinar series addresses administrative requirements of the new uniform guidance, performance reporting, program income, and procurement in the New Uniform Guidance, as well as audit requirements.
This webinar from our nonprofit sustainability technical assistance grant covers board composition and structure, duties of the board, ethics, conflict of interest, and financial responsibilities.
Sexual assault advocates based in rural communities are often one of the only resources in the area who have any knowledge about sexual assault. For this reason it often becomes necessary for rural sexual assault advocates to provide advocacy in a broad range of settings. This webinar outlines comprehensive services and provide solutions on how to address the physical, social, emotional, and spiritual needs of rural sexual assault survivors.
While we know that having rural advocates out in the community and spread across our service areas is best for survivors, we also know it can take a toll on advocates in terms of isolation and lack of teamwork. This webinar addresses the institutionalized support we can provide for advocates through strong supervision and agency practices, paying particular attention to remote supervision. The topics addressed are intended for leadership at rural dual/multi-service advocacy agencies and the coalitions that support them.
Rural advocacy programs typically have large spread-out service areas and a small staff to provide services to survivors of sexual and domestic violence. This reality for rural programs can make it difficult to provide outreach and services to all of the many small communities within the larger service area. This webinar focuses on mobile advocacy, hiring practices and organizational culture, and outreach to rural communities. Join Leah Green from the Resource Sharing Project to learn more about methods of structuring rural programs in order to best serve the whole community.
Rural dual/multi-service advocacy programs consistently struggle to create strong sexual assault services. The Sexual Assault Demonstration Initiative (SADI) was created to address the challenges dual/multi-service programs face in reaching sexual assault survivors by dedicating resources, support, and replicable tools tailored specifically to the needs of those programs. Join Leah Green from the Resource Sharing Project to learn about the key lessons developed from the SADI. This two-part webinar provides an overview of the SADI, outline the key lessons learned, and point rural programs towards follow up resources created by the Resource Sharing Project.
Rural dual/multi-service advocacy programs consistently struggle to create strong sexual assault services. The Sexual Assault Demonstration Initiative (SADI) was created to address the challenges dual/multi-service programs face in reaching sexual assault survivors by dedicating resources, support, and replicable tools tailored specifically to the needs of those programs. Join Leah Green from the Resource Sharing Project to learn about the key lessons developed from the (SADI). This two-part webinar provides an overview of the SADI, outline the key lessons learned, and point rural programs towards follow up resources created by the Resource Sharing Project.