This area provides information and tools to assist individuals and their collective(s) working to end sexual violence through public policy and systems change. Public policy includes federal, state, and local laws that impact victims and survivors of sexual violence and address prevention strategies, the configuration and operation of agencies and systems that respond to and prevent sexual violence, policies and protocols, and funding for the provision of services to victims and survivors. Systems advocacy is the tool that advocates and other professionals use to ensure the rights and needs of victims of sexual violence as they negotiate systems on their journey toward healing and also to ensure that systems are working to address the prevention of sexual violence.
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The Protected Innocence Challenge is a study of US state law to assist advocates in their work to end domestic minor sex trafficking. An interactive map provides each state’s ranking on 41 key legislative components that must be addressed in the state’s laws in order to effectively respond to the crime of domestic minor trafficking.
This document offers guidelines as a reference tool for legal service providers representing victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking in civil protection cases. The standards of practice cover a range of abuses, including elder abuse.
This summarizes the U.S. Supreme Court decision to strike down Civil Rights Remedy of the Violence Against Women Act. This Civil Rights Remedy law had provided survivors of DV and SV the right to sue their assailants in civil federal court.
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