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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This toolkit includes resources for victim service agencies on the development, expansion, or improvement of interagency response teams. Resources place special emphasis on putting the victim first in the course of responding.
This compilation provides an overview of U. S. State victim rights laws as related to the presence of victim advocates during forensic examinations. Laws fall into one of two categories (1) laws that specifically relate to victims of sexual assault and (2) laws that provide the right to advocate presence for all victims.
Authors: AEQUITAS: The Prosecutors' Resource on Violence Against Women
This Guidebook identifies key best practices for short and long term action recommendations for colleges and universities to implement in four focused areas: Preparedness, Prevention, Response and Recovery.
To promote responsible reporting practices, this Reporter’s Toolkit offers information on laws and policies, basic information on the Clery Act, and additional resources for investigating campus sexual assault.
This guide details schools' responsibility to take a leadership role to prevent and respond to teen dating and sexual violence in schools and in the community. While the information is specific to California, much can be applied nationally.
Authors: Peace Over Violence with assistance from the California Women’s Law Center
This brief news article talks about new research demonstrating that sexual harassment, although less frequent, has a greater negative impact on teenagers' health than the more common form of victimization, bullying.
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