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Sexual Violence: Additional Resources

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    This website provides information on the health concerns faced by America's gay and lesbian population.
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  • Rape Prevention and Education Program
    The Rape Prevention and Education (RPE) grant program strengthens sexual violence prevention efforts by supporting increased awareness, education and training, and the operation of hotlines. The purpose of this program is to award formula grants to states and territories to be used for rape prevention and education programs conducted by rape crisis centers, state sexual assault coalitions, and other public and private nonprofit entities.

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Other Federal Resources

  • Center for Substance Abuse Prevention
    The Center for Substance Abuse Prevention offers free, Web-based courses. Courses identify problems and risk factors, screening and assessment tools, prevention and intervention strategies, tools for clients, and legal issues surrounding IPV. Various courses offer continuing education credits and are designed for professionals as well as the general public.
  • National Women's Health Information Center
    The National Women's Health Information Center, run by the Office on Women's Health, is the most current and reliable resource on women's health. It provides links to a wide range of women's health-related material developed by the Department of Health and Human Services, other federal agencies, and private sector organizations.
  • U.S. Department of Justice The Office of Victims of Crime
    The Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) was established in 1984 to oversee diverse programs that help victims of crime. OVC provides substantial funding to state victim assistance and compensation programs-the lifeline services that help victims to heal. The agency supports training designed to educate criminal justice and allied professionals about the rights and needs of crime victims. OVC also sponsors an annual event in April to commemorate National Crime Victims Rights Week.
  • U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women
    The Office on Violence Against Women works with victim advocates and law enforcement to develop grant programs that support a wide range of services, including advocacy, emergency shelter, law enforcement protection, and legal aid, for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking. Additionally, the Violence Against Women Office is leading efforts nationally and abroad to intervene in and prosecute crimes of trafficking in women and children and is addressing international domestic violence issues.

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Additional Online Resources

  • American College Health Association Sexual Violence Toolkit [PDF 643KB]
    The American College Health Association developed the Shifting the Paradigm: Primary Prevention of Sexual Violence toolkit to provide facts, ideas, strategies, conversation starters, and resources to everyone on campus who cares about the prevention of sexual violence. While there is a rich volume of tools, knowledge, and resources for intervention after sexual violence, the emphasis of this toolkit is to encourage prevention activities that take place before sexual violence has occurred and which create social change and shift the norms regarding sexual violence.
  • American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
    This website provides professional publications about violence against women, intimate partner violence, sexual violence, adolescent dating violence, and patient education materials in both English and Spanish.
  • Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers
    The Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers is an international, multi-disciplinary organization dedicated to preventing sexual abuse. Through research, education, and shared learning ATSA promotes evidence based practice, public policy and community strategies that lead to the effective assessment, treatment and management of individuals who have sexually abused or are at risk to abuse.
  • Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking
    The Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking (CAST), established in 1998, has been a pioneer in the anti-trafficking movement in the United States and works exclusively with trafficked persons. CAST is a multi-ethnic human rights organization whose mission is to assist persons trafficked for the purpose of forced labor and slavery-like practices and to work toward ending all instances of such human rights violations.
  • Center for Sex Offender Management
    The Center for Sex Offender Management's (CSOM) goal is to enhance public safety by preventing further victimization through improving the management of adult and juvenile sex offenders in the community.
  • Clearinghouse on Abuse and Neglect of the Elderly
    The Clearinghouse on Abuse and Neglect of the Elderly (CANE) is the nation's largest archive of published research, training, government documents, and other sources on elder abuse. The CANE collection is fully computerized and contains nearly 5,000 holdings. You can also search its database to obtain references pertaining to the many facets of elder maltreatment.
  • FaithTrust Institute
    Formerly known as The Center for the Prevention of Domestic and Sexual Violence, FaithTrust Institute is an interreligious, educational resource that addresses sexual and domestic violence issues. Its goals are to engage religious leaders in ending abuse and to prepare human services professionals to recognize and address the religious questions and issues that arise in their work with women and children in crisis.
  • Futures Without Violence
    From domestic and dating violence, to child abuse and sexual assault, Futures Without Violence works to end some of the most pressing global issues of our time. In 1994, Futures Without Violence was instrumental in developing the landmark Violence Against Women Act passed by the US Congress. Striving to reach new audiences and transform social norms, the organization trains professionals such as doctors, nurses, athletic coaches, and judges on improving responses to violence and abuse.
  • Generation Five
    Generation Five is a nonprofit organization that brings together diverse community leaders working to end child sexual abuse within five generations. Its programs provide leadership training to community members, activists, and agency professionals and foster national strategy and information exchange about child sexual abuse.
  • Men Can Stop Rape
    Men Can Stop Rape empowers male youth and the institutions that serve them to work as allies with women to prevent rape and other forms of men's violence. Through awareness-to-action education and community organizing, the program promotes gender equity and focuses on building men's capacity to be strong without being violent.
  • Men Stopping Rape
    Men Stopping Rape (MSR) is one of the nation's oldest and most active community-based group of men working to end male violence against women and men. MSR directly involves participants in workshops and lectures in classes, fraternities, residence halls, sororities, high schools, prisons, and the workplace.
  • Minnesota Center Against Violence and Abuse
    The Minnesota Center Against Violence and Abuse (MINCAVA) is an electronic clearinghouse with educational resources about all types of violence, including higher education syllabi, published research, funding sources, upcoming training events, individuals or organizations that serve as resources, and searchable databases with more than 700 training manuals, videos, and other education resources. MINCAVA is also part of a cooperative project-Violence Against Women Online Resources-comprising the Center and the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, and Violence Against Women Office. The project's website provides current information about interventions to stop violence against women to law, criminal justice, and social service professionals.
  • National Alliance to End Sexual Violence
    The National Alliance to End Sexual Violence (NAESV) utilizes a comprehensive grassroots communication network to shape national policy related to sexual violence and victims needs, ensure funding for rape crisis programs and sexual assault coalitions, and provide expertise to governments, businesses and non-profit organizations addressing sexual violence in all of its forms. NAESV advocates on behalf of the victim/survivors women, children and men who have needlessly suffered the serious trauma of sexual violence and envisions a world free from sexual violence.
  • National Center for Victims of Crime
    The National Center for Victims of Crime (NCVC) is a nonprofit organization that serves victims of all types of crime, including intimate partner violence. The Center provides public policy advocacy; training and technical assistance to victim service organizations, counselors, attorneys, criminal justice agencies, and allied professionals; a toll-free hotline for crime victims; and a virtual library containing publications, current statistics with references, a list of recommended readings, and bibliographies. National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence* The National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence develops and provides innovative training and consultation, influences policy, and promotes collaboration and diversity in working to end domestic and sexual violence. NCDSV has a staff of nationally known trainers and sponsors national and regional conferences.
  • National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence(NCDSV)
    Develops and provides innovative training and consultation, influences policy, and promotes collaboration and diversity in working to end domestic and sexual violence. NCDSV consults with the Domestic Violence Prevention Enhancement and Leadership through Alliances (DELTA) program in CDC’s Division of Violence Prevention.
  • National Center on Elder Abuse
    The National Center on Elder Abuse is dedicated to educating the public about elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation and its tragic consequences. The Center is an internationally recognized resource for policy leaders, practitioners, prevention specialists, researchers, advocates, families, and concerned citizens.
  • National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs
    The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP) addresses the pervasive problem of violence committed against and within the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) and HIV-affected communities. NCAVP is a coalition of programs that document and advocate for victims of anti-LGBT and anti-HIV/AIDS violence/harassment, domestic violence, sexual assault, police misconduct and other forms of victimization.
  • National Sexual Violence Resource Center
    The National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) identifies and disseminates information, resources, and research on all aspects of sexual violence prevention and intervention. The NSVRC website features links to related resources and information about conferences, funding, job announcements, and special events. Additional activities include coordinating national sexual assault awareness activities, identifying emerging policy issues and research needs, issuing a biannual newsletter, and recommending speakers and trainers.
  • PreventConnect
    PreventConnect is a national project of the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault with funding from the CDC’s Division of Violence Prevention. The goal of PreventConnect is to advance the primary prevention of sexual assault and relationship violence by building a community of practice among people who are engaged in such efforts. PreventConnect also builds the capacity of local, state, territorial, national and tribal agencies and organizations to develop, implement and evaluate effective prevention initiatives.
  • Prevention Institute
    Prevention Institute is a non-profit national center dedicated to improving community health and well-being by building momentum for effective primary prevention.Since its founding in 1997, the organization has focused on injury and violence prevention, traffic safety, health disparities, nutrition and physical activity, and youth development.
  • Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network
    Hotline: 800-656-HOPE
    The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) is the nation's largest anti-sexual assault organization. RAINN's national hotline works as a call-routing system. When an individual calls RAINN, a computer reads the area code and first three digits of the phone number and routes the call to the nearest member rape crisis center.
  • Speaking Out About Rape
    Speaking Out About Rape is a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating society about the "truth" of rape, ensuring that victim's rights are protected, the medical and judicial systems are victim friendly, and that survivors find their voices to unlock the silence.
  • Stop Educator Sexual Abuse, Misconduct, and Exploitation
    Stop Educator Sexual Abuse, Misconduct, and Exploitation works to prevent sexual exploitation, abuse, and harassment of students by teachers and other school staff.
  • STOP IT NOW!
    STOP IT NOW! is a national, public health-based organization working to prevent and ultimately eradicate child sexual abuse. Through public education, policy advocacy, and research and evaluation, STOP IT NOW! urges abusers and potential abusers to stop their behavior and seek help.
  • The Stalking Resource Center
    The Stalking Resource Center is a project of the National Center for Victims of Crime, funded through the Violence Against Women Office (VAWO), U.S. Department of Justice. The Stalking Resource Center has established a clearinghouse of information and resources to inform and support local, multidisciplinary stalking response programs nationwide; developed a national peer-to-peer exchange program to provide targeted, on-site problem-solving assistance to VAWO arrest grantee jurisdictions; and organized a nationwide network of local practitioners who represent VAWO grantee jurisdictions to support their multidisciplinary approaches to stalking.
  • Violence Against Women Electronic Network
    The National Online Resource Center on Violence Against Women (VAWnet) provides a collection of full-text, searchable resources on domestic violence, sexual violence, and related issues as well as links to an "In the News" section, calendars listing trainings, conferences, grants, and access to the Domestic Violence Awareness Month and Sexual Assault Awareness Month subsites.
  • Workplaces Respond to Domestic and Sexual Violence: A National Resource Center
    The Workplaces Respond to Domestic and Sexual Violence: A National Resource Center project offers information on the Internet for the benefit of those interested in providing effective workplace responses to victims of domestic violence, sexual violence, dating violence and stalking.
  • World Health Organization/World Report on Violence and Health [PDF 247 KB]
    This report, produced by the World Health Organization, is written mainly for researchers and practitioners. Its goals are to raise global awareness about the problems of violence and show that violence is preventable. The report includes a chapter specifically on sexual violence (Chapter 6).

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