The purpose of outreach is to inform our community of the many services we have available to support the long and short term needs of sexual violence survivors and their support systems. Outreach to our rural communities is how we let survivors know that our services exist and welcome them to join us to explore their healing. The resources below will help you create a strong outreach plan for your rural community.
Rural Outreach, Resource Sharing Project
This resource outlines why outreach is so important, where to start, how to provide outreach to marginalized communities, where to do outreach, how to get comfortable conducting outreach, and includes an action plan for strategic outreach.
Rural Communications Resources, Resource Sharing Project
Rural programs greatly benefit from good communications and marketing in their community. Effective communications can look many different ways- especially in a rural community. These resources are meant to assist dual/multi-service advocacy organizations in creating the best possible strategy for communicating with survivors, the media, and the community as a whole.
Building Meaningful Partnerships: Supporting Native Survivors in Rural Communities, Resource Sharing Project
To support Native survivors in our rural communities we need to work in close partnership with tribal communities. Only when we work in collaboration with tribal communities are we able to find the most culturally appropriate ways to serve Native survivors. This resource addresses the history of oppression experienced by native people, allyship to Native communities, and creating relationships with tribal communities.
Supporting Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Rural Sexual Violence Survivors, Resource Sharing Project
This guide is intended for programs and coalitions hoping to explore ways to open up their services to LGBTQ sexual violence survivors in their communities. Included in this whitepaper is a several page guide to LGBTQ terminology and a list of other LGBTQ resources for sexual assault service providers.
Cultivating Inclusive Practices: Working with Rural Immigrant and Refugee Communities, Resource Sharing Project
To explore the needs of all immigrant and refugee survivors, this paper presents the experiences of immigrants from Asia, Africa and Latin America. Join us as we explore these communities through the eyes of culturally specific statewide agencies in Iowa serving immigrant and refugee survivors of sexual violence. You will learn about the innovative approaches these programs use when working with the immigrant and refugee communities. These same approaches can be applied to mainstream programs in an effort to expand sexual violence services nationwide.
Eight Step Advocacy Plan for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Survivors of Sexual Assault, Resource Sharing Project
This guide is intended for rural sexual assault advocates searching for concrete information on how to work with Deaf and hard of hearing sexual assault survivors. Deaf survivors of sexual assault face numerous obstacles, such as isolation, stereotyping, and lack of anonymity in accessing all kinds of services in rural communities. The steps in this guide will direct you towards providing Deaf sexual assault survivors with trauma-informed and culturally appropriate services, assist you in identifying accommodations in services and changes in technology, and encourage you to reach out to Deaf sexual assault survivors in your community.
Serving Sexual violence Survivors with Disabilities, Resource Sharing Project
To enhance access to sexual assault services for victims with all types of disabilities in rural dual/multi-service advocacy agencies, attention must be paid to our policies, outreach, welcoming environments, ensuring access, attitudinal access, communication access, collaboration, training, and sustainability. Each of these strategies will be addressed with an emphasis on practical application.
Fuerza Unida: An Approach for Engaging Communities, National Latin@ Network
Fuerza Unida is a community engagement process developed by Casa de Esperanza. This manual gives you both the philosophy and the tangible information to implement a similar process in your community.
Let’s Talk About It Sample Letter to the Editor, National Sexual Violence Resource Center
This sample letter to the editor was created for use and adaptation for OVW Rural Grantees in order to support the “Let's Talk About It Rural Public Service Announcement Campaign”.
Before You Start Checklist, Safe Havens
This resource is a checklist for rural service providers to consult before reaching out to faith-based organizations regarding sexual violence. The checklist covers what you need to learn before visiting, who to consult for more information, and what resources you should gather about your community.
The First Visit Checklist, Safe Havens
This resource is a checklist for rural service providers to consult before reaching out to faith-based organizations regarding sexual violence. The checklist covers how best to get in touch, what you should learn in advance about etiquette, topics to cover in the first meeting, and planning for a next step.
Join us for an interactive webinar, with guest presenter Eric Stiles from NSVRC, outlining how agencies that provide sexual assault services can increase community involvement in rural areas. This webinar provides concrete strategies and resources for advocates to connect more effectively with community members as well as encourage agencies to share their own innovative strategies. Topics include marketing sexual assault services to rural communities and outreach to key community partners.
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.
Uniquely Rural: Creating Effective Campaigns about Sexual Assault, National Sexual Violence Resource Center
This webinar provides information on creating comprehensive campaigns about sexual violence that meet the unique needs of your rural community. Presenters offer an overview of key outreach strategies and discuss available resources.