This technical assistance guide is meant to assist   law enforcement agencies in handling “courtesy reports,” which are taken by one law enforcement agency on behalf of another. It was designed to provide concrete assistance and address frequently asked questions, for law enforcement agencies faced with a report of sexual assault from a jurisdiction affected by a nature disaster.

This report presents findings on the intersections between food access, water, sanitation, housing and the incidence of sexual violence in camps for displaced persons outside of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. It also provides recommendations for action to improve access to basic needs and prevent sexual violence.

Read this report.

This report focuses on the sexual exploitation of women and girls in post-earthquake Haiti. The report offers recommendations to help address for identified areas of concern.
 

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This report from Amnesty International notes that sexual violence was widespread in Haiti before January 2010 has been exacerbated by the conditions since the earthquake. The limited assistance the authorities previously  provided has been undermined by the destruction of police stations and court houses. This has made it more difficult to report sexual violence.  Over 50 survivors of sexual violence shared their experiences for the study which highlights how the lack of security and policing in and around the camps is a major factor for the increase in attacks.

Additional Resources

NSVRC Preventing Sexual Violence in Disasters Resource Collection

Haiti's emergency response must include protection from sexual violence (News story, 25 March 2010)
 

Haiti: After the earthquake: Initial mission findings (Briefing, 25 March 2010)

Sexual violence in Haitian camps of the displaced, beyond the numbers (Blog, 22 March 2010)
 

Human rights must be at the core of relief efforts and the reconstruction of Haiti (Public statement, 25 January 2010)

 

 

This Special Collection includes selected materials and resources -- many gender-informed -- that can be used by domestic and sexual violence organizations to increase their preparedness for and response to major disasters and emergencies.

This two-page fact sheet is based on information from the NSVRC publication Sexual Violence in Disasters: A Planning Guide for Prevention and Response.  It provides basic information about  the risk of sexual violence during and after times of disaster and some basic prevention strategies. Please see our online collection on this topic for additional resources.
 

The following UNFPA report indicates women, especially poor women living in developing countries, are more susceptible to the negative effects of climate change. The report also identified that increased contraceptive access, increased participation of women in policymaking, and increased civil rights could help alleviate the affects of climate change, according to the Voice of America.
Facing a Changing World: Women, Population and Climate

This Human Rights Watch report discusses sexual violence against women and girls in Sudan’s Darfur region. The report discusses the history of the Darfur conflict, failed attempts to reduce sexual violence in Darfur, and barriers that victims encounter.
 
Five Years On: No Justice for Sexual Violence in Darfur

The following report explores the disproportionate vulnerability of women in disaster situations and offers recommendations for changing the effects of disasters on women's lives.
 
Caught in the Storm

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