Safe, affordable housing is not only a basic human right and need; safe, affordable housing is a critical component of the healing process for sexual violence victims and survivors. Too many victims and survivors lose their housing as a result of sexual violence or find themselves trapped in homes where they have to endure further sexual victimization because there are no other affordable, safe options. When public policies and practices are informed by the housing needs of sexual violence victims and survivors, society can do much to alleviate the burden of sexual violence not only on individual victims and survivors, but on larger communities. This report provides a summary of key findings from a national survey of advocates on housing and sexual violence.

This report is a part of the Housing and Sexual Violence Information Packet. The packet also includes: an overview; a fact sheet; a research brief; an online resource collection; a technical assistance bulletin; and an advocate's guide to housing and sexual violence.

 

This issue of the Partners in Social Change Newsletter includes various articles on the topic of engaging men in the movement to end sexual violence.  Topics include guiding principles for men in the movement, reaching queer and trans men, and a "Framework for Engaging Average Joe," among others.

This fact sheet provides an overview of key U.S. national research studies currently available on sexual violence with specific attention the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS).

The Existe Ayuda Toolkit provides a variety of resources and information to help service providers in working with spanish-speaking populations.  This project aims to increase cultural competence and accessibility of services.  The glossaries, presentations, and tools available on this site should assist both spanish-speaking and non-spanish-speaking advocates to provide information, services, and referrals to Latin@s impacted by sexual violence.

This presentation, from the NSVRC 2010 Just Rural! Conference for OVW Rural Grantees, addresses a variety of topics, including Latin@ culture, family roles and structure, community characteristics and a glossary.

 
This annotated PowerPoint presentation is designed to help rural communities use community development strategies to address issues of sexual violence . Though its title suggests that it focused on prevention, many of the community development strategies discussed could be helpful in the improvement of intervention and response services.

This research report discusses the findings of a study conducted largely in a border town in Mexico.  The researcher conducted in-depth interviews with individuals directly engaged in the sex trade.  According to the report, previous information on human trafficking relied heavily on information provided by agencies responding to it, including advocacy groups and law enforcement, but little direct research has been conducted.  This study sought to determine the extent to which coercion and manipulation were employed and how these operations were organized.

The Vera Institute recently released a new guide for organizations that provide sexual violence, domestic violence, and disability services.  This guide seeks to increase avenues for partnership and collaboration between these three types of services, recognizing that people often face co-occurring issues.  The authors of the guide hope to provide background to help meet the needs of women with disabilities, who commonly face sexual and domestic violence, but often do not have access to services that can meet a combination of needs.  This booklet provides information on creating safe, effective, and accessible healing services.

This research report discusses the outcomes of a study conducted to understand the help-seeking patterns of behavior among teens who experienced sexual assault and reported it.  The study found patterns in reporting, including reports that were voluntary, reports that were involuntary, and reports prompted by the circumstances of the assault.  The research suggests that teens who made voluntary reports were more likely to stay enaged in the legal system.

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