Trauma informed services are services created to support the healing and growth of survivors while avoiding re-traumatization. Trauma informed services provide a framework for understanding the impact of trauma on survivors, communities, and those that serve them and ensures that our services are responsive to the needs of sexual violence survivors. The resources below will help your program understand what trauma informed services look like so you can re-envision services for survivors of 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.
Building Comprehensive Sexual Assault Services Programs, Resource Sharing Project & NSVRC
This article provides general information and examples about comprehensive sexual assault services as a tool for program development. It is not an exhaustive list, but a list of resources to be used to begin a discussion or assessment or organizational efforts to address sexual violence.
A Welcoming Introduction to Services, Resource Sharing Project
This publication gives an example of a letter which could be given to survivors during intake. This example is based on a letter one program, The Firecracker Foundation, gives to welcome survivors into services and remind them of the program’s ongoing support. A version of this letter could be given to survivors and their loved ones in hospital settings, during intake, or other entry points into services.
Listening to Survivors- Essential Steps for the Intake Process, Resource Sharing Project
This tool assists dual/multi-service programs with restructuring their intake forms and procedures to align with approaches that are more survivor-focused and trauma-informed. Recommendations include building forms and procedures from a place of establishing relationship, safety, trust, cultural relevance, choice, collaboration and empowerment with survivors.
Change Starts Within- Strengthening Services, Resource Sharing Project
This recording is 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.
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.
Creating Trauma-Informed Services: A Guide for Sexual Assault Programs and Their System Partners, Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs
This comprehensive booklet describes the principles of trauma informed care and explores different ways to overcome barriers to providing trauma informed care.
Trauma Informed Principles through a Culturally Specific Lens, National Latin@ Network
This resource was developed by the National Latin@ Network for Healthy Families and Communities, a project of Casa de Esperanza. The content of this resource is primarily intended for community-based organizations and seeks to provide practitioners with accessible language to describe the trauma-informed/culturally specific overlap of their work.
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.
Creating Cultures of Trauma-Informed Care (CCTIC): A Self-Assessment and Planning Protocol, by Roger D. Fallot & Maxine Harris
This Self-Assessment and Planning Protocol and its accompanying self-assessment scale provide consistent guidelines for programs interested in facilitating trauma-informed modifications in their service systems. While the tool has not been empirically validated, it can help administrators, providers, and survivor-consumers to begin the process of monitoring and evaluating trauma-informed programs.
First impressions matter when working with sexual assault survivors who have never sought services before. This interactive webinar focuses on orienting survivors to services through a trauma informed lens. Topics include risk assessments, intake paperwork, language, and explaining advocacy to sexual assault survivors.
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.
More than a Buzzword: Trauma Informed Services in a Rural Community, Resource Sharing Project
We have all heard the term “trauma-informed care”, but what does it really mean? And what does it look like applied to services for sexual violence survivors? Join Leah Green from the Resource Sharing Project to learn more about trauma informed services in rural communities. This webinar focuses on the ways we can tangibly incorporate trauma informed principles into the services we offer, our environments, and our staff culture.
We know that we are not the only support system for survivors of sexual violence. Friends, family, and partners of survivors provide emotional care and connection to survivors in our rural communities, even when they don’t have a relationship with our program. Friends and family of survivors have unique needs independent of the survivors they love and we can provide outreach and services to meet these needs. Join Leah Green from the Resource Sharing Project for this interactive webinar to learn more about reaching friends and family of survivors and to practice the skills necessary to support the whole community.