The strength of advocates comes from being emotionally healthy and well-supported. When individual advocates and their organizations are healthy, we can bring our best self to the work every day. As we build our sexual assault services, it is imperative to have a plan that is both proactive and responsive to vicarious trauma experienced by those doing direct service. Healthy leadership also recognizes the unique isolation felt by multilingual advocates and staff of color working in rural areas. The resources below will help your programs create policies and practices to support staff.
Supporting Multilingual and Bicultural Rural Advocates, Resource Sharing Project
Advocacy programs often struggle to find, hire, and retain multilingual and bicultural rural advocates. This is why it is important to understand who these advocates are, where they come from, and how we can create a supportive work environment for them. This paper is intended for rural dual/multi-service agencies looking for suggestions on how they can support multilingual and bicultural rural advocates.
Sexual Assault Demonstration Initiative: Self-Care and Trauma Work, Resource Sharing Project & NSVRC
This document provides a brief overview of vicarious trauma and how to take care of yourself when working to address sexual violence.
Building Cultures of Care: A Guide for Sexual Assault Services Programs, Resource Sharing Project & NSVRC
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.
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.
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.
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.
Trauma Stewardship: An Everyday Guide to Caring for Self While Caring for Others a book by the Trauma Stewardship Institute
This book is written for anyone who is doing work with an intention to make the world more sustainable and hopeful—all in all, a better place—and who, through this work, is exposed to the hardship, pain, crisis, trauma, or suffering of other living beings or the planet itself. It is for those who notice that they are not the same people they once were, or are being told by their families, friends, colleagues, or pets that something is different about them. This book is a navigational tool for remembering that we have options at every step of our lives. We can make a difference without suffering; we can do meaningful work in a way that works for us and for those we serve.
Join us for an interactive webinar outlining how agencies can adopt the empowerment model we use with survivors to use for ourselves. Advocates working at rural dual/multi-service agencies are often more isolated from fellow staff members, feel overextended, and often don’t have as much support as they would like, all of which can take a toll on their emotional wellbeing. This webinar addresses issues of self-care, organizational trauma, and staff empowerment with a focus on positivity and creating longevity within this work.
Our movement was undeniably founded on the strength and courage of survivors. As we have moved towards professionalization in recent decades, and considering our hiring practices, have we truly made a space for survivors to join us as staff and volunteers? Rural rape crisis centers, with the smallest number of community members to pull from, are the focus of this workshop as we explore ways to broaden our strategies to be more inclusive and survivor friendly. We discuss advocate disclosure, debriefing, supervision practices, organizational culture, and vicarious trauma through the lens of survivor-advocates working in the anti-sexual violence field.
This webinar, based on the paper of the same name, focuses on how English speaking advocates and leadership can support multilingual and bicultural advocates. This interactive webinar is facilitated by Elizabeth Balcarcel and Leah Green. Participants learn about the role of multilingual and bicultural advocates and the self-care needs of multilingual advocates. This webinar also provides an opportunity for rural multilingual advocates to seek support with one another.
Multilingual advocates working with sexual assault survivors can feel isolated and overwhelmed in rural areas where they may be the only one able to provide appropriate services. This interactive webinar, hosted by Elizabeth Balcarcel and guest presenter Maria Jirau-Torres from NSVRC, outlines how agencies can support rural multilingual advocates, provide ideas for self-care strategies for multilingual advocates, and provides an opportunity for rural multilingual advocates to seek support with one another.