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This toolkit will help community based domestic violence and/or sexual abuse programs assess existing services and provides guidance to enhance program and advocates response to older survivors of abuse.
Building on sexual rights scholarship, this paper argues for an approach to public health interventions for GBV and HIV that acknowledges older women – their sexuality, sexual agency, and activity – so that health providers and advocates acknowledge and serve older survivors.
This new national campaign engages Latin@s in playing a critical role in ending domestic violence and sexual assault. The campaign targets parents specifically, and encourages them to have meaningful conversations with their children about these issues.
Authors: NO MORE and Casa de Esperanza: National Latin@ Network
This Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) highlights data on global sexual violence against children collected from the Violence Against Children Surveys (VACS). Data reveals that among those who reported being a victim of childhood sexual violence, less than 1 in 10 received supportive services, including healthcare, legal/security aid, or counseling support.
Authors: Steven A. Sumner, James A. Mercy, Janet Saul, Nozipho Motsa-Nzuza, Gideon Kwesigabo, Robert Buluma, Louis H. Marcelin, Hang Lina, Mary Shawa, Michele Moloney-Kitts, Theresa Kilbane, Clara Sommarin,Daniela P. Ligiero, Kathryn Brookmeyer, Laura Chiang, Veronica Lea, Juliette Lee, Howard Kress, and Susan D. Hillis
This document includes 2 resources: the Guidance serves as a general guide for colleges and universities as they develop their domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, and sexual violence policies, and the Template is a supplement to the Guidance, including a recommended layout and language for the policy itself.
Authors: Juliette Grimmett, Amily McCool, and Carolina Alzuru
This guide addresses many of the specific questions trans survivors ask: how to decide if therapy is right for you and, if it is, how to choose the best type of therapy for you, and how to find referrals and choose a therapist.
This issue brief provides a broad overview of the crossover between the child welfare field and the work currently being done to prevent and respond to the trafficking of children and youth in the United States.
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