For sexual violence response facilities across the globe, we recommend some basic guidelines that offer the upmost care for victims and create efficiency in the response and recovery process. These steps are outlined in the first volume of our new Sexual Assault textbooks.
Advocacy for Improvement
Now more than ever, having a foundation and representation for survivors by advocating a change in public perception, procedures, and legislation regarding sexual violence can make services stand out more to people who are seeking them.
Having services available at convenient times and locations can help victims feel like getting the help they need is possible. In addition, victims need to know about the existence of the location, so publicizing these services is necessary.
Offering additional accommodations, such as counseling and escort services, for the victim, family members, significant others, and friends will help with the recovery process for everyone involved.
There are a wide range of professionals working on cases of abuse–including lawyers, police officers, doctors, forensic nurses, nurses, social workers, and counselors. Everyone involved in serving victims should be on the same page in terms of what the victim needs and what professionals in different fields need to help the victim. Special training and open communication are essential to provide the best services.
Our newest textbook was made with the multidisciplinary approach in mind, understanding that it takes a team to help victims of abuse and assault. Volume 1: Investigation, Diagnosis, and the Multidisciplinary Team has specific chapters for the different professions involved in the identification, treatment, and diagnosis of abuse.
If you are someone who helps children who have experienced abuse, maltreatment, or neglect, our books can offer valuable information to you in your work. For more information on what we do, check out our website or subscribe to our newsletter.