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Support & Resources for Rape Crisis Advocates

As an advocate for survivors of sexual violence, your role is unique and critically important. Unlike other professionals involved in responding to the crime of sexual violence, advocates approach all survivors by believing them, by advocating for their rights and needs, and by working to empower them in their efforts toward recovery and healing. Advocates interact with survivors and their loved ones at numerous points in the aftermath of violence, including in the hospital, within the criminal justice system, on the phone, and within rape crisis programs and affiliated agencies throughout Ohio. Finally, advocates are uniquely positioned to intervene at any point in the survivor’s recovery process, from immediately following the crime to decades later. The impact advocates have in the lives of survivors and their loved ones cannot be overstated.
It is OAESV’s mission to support the work of advocates across Ohio. On this page, you will find links to a variety of resources intended to make your work as an advocate more informed, effective,
and satisfying. For more information or to request assistance, please contact us.


BEST PRACTICES
Anti-Oppression Resource for Rape Crisis Centers
OAESV’s Core Standards for Rape Crisis Programs in Ohio
Excellence in Advocacy: A Victim-Centered Approach
Administrative Toolkit for Rape Crisis Center managers
 
VICARIOUS TRAUMATIZATION & SELF-CARE
Self-Care and Trauma Work
Self-Care Assessment Worksheet
Organizational and Personal Self-Care Assessment Tools
 
STATISTICS, DATA & INFORMATION ABOUT SEXUAL VIOLENCE
Crime Against Persons with Disabilities, 2009-2011
Violent Crime Against Youth, 1994-2010
2010 National Intimate Partner & Sexual Violence Survey Executive Summary
Toolkit for Helping Advocates to Communicate Info about the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey to Stakeholders
Brochure: Did You Know Sexual and Intimate Partner Violence Affects Your Health?
National Institute of Justice Webinar: The Neurobiology of Sexual Assault
 
WORKING WITH UNDERSERVED OR SPECIAL POPULATIONS
The Facts on Violence Against American Indian/Alaskan Native Women
Victimization and Trauma Experienced by Children and Youth: Implications for Legal Advocates
Tip Sheet on Designing Accessible Events for People with Disabilities
Guide for Collaboration Between Rape Crisis, Domestic Violence and Disabilities Organizations
Multidisciplinary Response to Crime Victims with Disabilities
Islamic Marriage Contracts: A Resource Guide for Legal Professionals, Advocates, Imams & Communities

Comprehensive Information on Sexual Violence in LGBTQI Communities
Special Report on Victimization by Sexual Orientation, from the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey
Sexual Violence & Individuals Who Identify as LGBTQ Information Packet from NSVRC
Comprehensive Information on Preventing and Responding to Domestic and Sexual Violence in Later Life
Training Video from the Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices: Employers Should Not Reverify Permanent Resident Cards
Comprehensive Information on Immigrant Women and Sexual Violence
National Survey of Service Providers on Police Response to Immigrant Crime Victims, U Visa Certification and Language Access from the National Immigrant Women’s Advocacy Project
Factsheet about Latinas and Sexual Violence
Marketing Toolkit for Reaching Latino Victims of Sexual Violence
Factsheet about Sexual Violence in Communities of Color
Factsheet about Male Survivors of Sexual Assault
Outreach to Underserved Teen Victims of Crime
Directory of Resources on Human Trafficking
Human Trafficking Tools for Service Providers
Assisting Trafficking Victims Information Packet from NSVRC
 
IMPACT OF ADVOCACY
History of the Crime Victim’s Movement
Research on the Effectiveness of Rape Victim Advocates
The Effectiveness of Sexual Assault Services in Multi-Service Agencies
EVAWI Training Bulletin Follow-Up: More On Advocates, Routine Notification, and HIPAA
 
COLLABORATION, CAPACITY-BUILDING & SEXUAL ASSAULT RESPONSE TEAMS
Comprehensive Information about Developing and Supporting a Sexual Assault Response Team
Building Stronger Services Through Collaboration
Link to SART Protocols in Numerous States
SART Readiness Assessment
Cambria County Sexual Assault Protocol and Anonymous Reporting of Sexual Assault Protocol
 
ADVOCACY IN THE MEDIA
OAESV Fact Sheet: Developing Effective Responses to High Profile Cases
Tips for Nonprofits to Using Social Media
Introduction to General Media Literacy
Insight About Recanting, Victim Privacy in Sexual Abuse Cases
 
STAFF & VOLUNTEER TRAINING
Catalog of Online and Print Training Materials
Downloadable/Printable Training Manual for Basic Sexual Assault Counselor/Advocate Training