Advocates are powerful people. We do many things and fill many roles for survivors. We are the comforting presence in times of crisis, fierce guardians for people’s rights, guides through the healing process after violence, and agents of transformation in our communities.But advocates sometimes doubt themselves and get lost in the ever-shifting work of responding to sexual violence. This is especially true for those of us who work in dual/multi-service agencies, where we provide domestic violence and sexual violence services, and maybe services beyond that.
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.
This second edition includes updated best practices, new resources, quotes from real advocates, and examples from rural programs across the country.