Preventing Sexual Violence in Disasters

Relief Fund LogoThe National Sexual Violence Resource Center engages local, state, territory, national and international partners to increase access to information on the prevention of and response to sexual violence occurring during and after disasters. 

 

A guide for disaster preparedness (available in English and Spanish), a collection of resources and a relief fund for sexual assault victims have been created.  Details on these resources are provided below.

The Relief Fund for Sexual Assault Victims

Online Courses

xCHANGE Podcasts

Planning Guide for Prevention and Response

Online Resource Collections

Online Courses

Sexual Violence in Disasters: Understanding the Scope of the Problem

This interactive online course addresses the increased vulnerability to sexual violence that can occur during and after disasters. Participants will learn about the connections between oppression, sexual violence, and disasters. With case studies from Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath, and examples from other recent calamities around the world, the module highlights the need for pre-planning to prevent and respond to sexual violence in future disasters.(~1 hour) This interactive online course addresses the increased vulnerability to sexual violence that can occur during and after disasters. Participants will learn about the connections between oppression, sexual violence, and disasters. With case studies from Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath, and examples from other recent calamities around the world, the module highlights the need for pre-planning to prevent and respond to sexual violence in future disasters. (~1 hour)

Sexual Violence in Disasters: Building Community Partnerships for Pre-Disaster Planning

This online course discusses the importance of planning for sexual violence prevention and response before a disaster, and highlights guiding strategies and key community partners in the pre-disaster planning process. (~1 hour)

Sexual Violence in Disasters: Developing a Plan for Sexual Violence Prevention and Response

This online course is designed to assist local and state sexual violence preventionists, victim advocates, and their community partners in creating pre-disaster plans for their organizations and communities.It highlights four core components of a pre-disaster plan to help organizations recover quickly and continue to provide vital services in a disaster. (~1 hour)

 

xCHANGE Podcasts

xCHANGE Podcast with Dr. Elaine Enarson (Part 1 - Research Base)

In this podcast, Dr. Elaine Enarson discusses research on the connections between disasters and gender-based violence, and highlights the need for additional research. This is the first in a series of four podcasts from an interview with Dr. Enarson. (6 minutes)

xCHANGE Podcast with Dr. Elaine Enarson (Part 2 - Prevention)

In this podcast, Dr. Elaine Enarson discusses steps that anti-sexual violence practitioners can take to prevent sexual violence in disasters, including disaster preparedness measures and collaborative efforts with disaster response coordinators and organizations. This is the second in a series of four podcasts from an interview with Dr. Enarson. (8 minutes)

xCHANGE Podcast with Dr. Elaine Enarson (Part 3 - Partnerships)

In this podcast, Dr. Elaine Enarson discusses opportunities for anti-sexual violence advocates to partner with organizations and individuals who can play key roles in preventing and responding to sexual violence in disasters. This is the third in a series of four podcasts from an interview with Dr. Enarson. (6:45 minutes)

xCHANGE Podcast with Dr. Elaine Enarson (Part 4 - Future Directions)

In this podcast, Dr. Elaine Enarson discusses her vision for future research, policy, and practice related to preventing sexual and gender-based violence in disasters. This is the last in a series of four podcasts from an interview with Dr. Enarson. (6 minutes)

Sexual Violence in Disasters: A Planning Guide for Prevention and Response

During times of disaster we often witness increased vulnerability and susceptibility to exploitation and violence. The Louisiana Foundation Against Sexual Assault (LaFASA) & the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) created this guide to ensure that those planning for disaster relief and response do not forget to consider safety from sexual victimization and the importance of creating policies that could prevent it.  It offers readers important information about sexual violence and disasters that will help communities to understand the connection and develop better disaster responses. It presents a range of recommendations from suggesting small changes to developing comprehensive plans, making preparations, and coordinating far-reaching policy change. The guide is arranged according to phases of a disaster, and the color-coded phases offer a multitude of things to consider. The ‘Getting Started’ work sheets in the back have been designed to facilitate the process of disaster planning.

We want to know if this guide is useful in your community.  We welcome your feedback and will address additional needs that you share. 


La violencia sexual durante desastres: Guía de planificación para la prevención y respuesta

A través de esta guía, escrita por Alisa Klein, el lector podrá obtener información importante sobre la violencia sexual y los desastres. Con esta información, cualquier comunidad podrá comprender mejor la conexión entre ambos fenómenos y preparar mejores respuestas para casos de desastre. La guía ofrece una variedad de recomendaciones, desde sugerir pequeños cambios hasta desarrollar planes integrales, hacer preparativos y coordinar un cambio de políticas de gran alcance. Está ordenada según las fases de un desastre, codificadas por color y, en cada una de ellas, se destaca una multitud de aspectos que se deben considerar. Las hojas de trabajo denominadas “Fase Inicial”, al final de la obra, fueron diseñadas con el fin de facilitar el proceso de planificación para un desastre. (Este es un documento extenso y podría demorar algún tiempo para cargar).

Spanish PDF (16 Megs)
Spanish PDF Text only (8.5 Megs)

Online Resource Collections