Sexual Violence: Additional Resources
- Disaster Mental Health
CDC’s Web page on disaster mental health includes information on coping with the stress that can result from experiencing a traumatic event.
- Division of Adolescent and School Health
CDC’s Division of Adolescent and School Health seeks to prevent the most serious health risk behaviors among children, adolescents, and young adults.
- Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Health
This website provides information on the health concerns faced by America’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) population.
- Office of Women’s Health (OWH)
As the focus for women’s health issues at CDC, OWH provides a forum for collaboration and works within and outside the agency to raise awareness of women’s health and to promote activities that will improve the health and safety of women. OWH serves as an advocate for women’s health issues and stimulates research, disease prevention programs, and policy development.
- Rape Prevention and Education Program (RPE)
The RPE program awards grants to states and territories for rape prevention and education activities of rape crisis centers, state sexual assault coalitions, and other public and private nonprofit entities.
- 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 intimate partner violence. Some courses offer continuing education credits and are designed for professionals, as well as the general public.
- 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.
- U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Victims of Crime
OVC was established in 1984 to oversee diverse programs that help victims of crime. OVC provides funding to state victim assistance and compensation programs—the lifeline services that help victims to heal.
- 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. The Office leads efforts nationally and abroad to intervene in and prosecute crimes of trafficking in women and children and is addressing international domestic violence issues.
The mission of 1in6 is to help men who have had unwanted or abusive sexual experiences in childhood live healthier, happier lives. This group also serves family members, friends, and partners by providing information and support resources on the Web and in the community. They offer outreach, education and services, in person and over the web, to men with histories of unwanted or abusive childhood sexual experiences and anyone who cares about them, as well as professional trainings.
- American Association of University Women (AAUW)
AAUW conducts groundbreaking research on issues related to gender equity in education and the workplace. Their work influences the national discussion on topics like the pay gap between women and men, sexual harassment in schools and on college campuses, and the underrepresentation of women in science and engineering. Through new and traditional media, targeted outreach to policymakers, and member efforts, AAUW research serves as a catalyst for action.
- American College Health Association Sexual Violence Toolkit[PDF 643KB]
The American College Health Association developed this toolkit to provide facts, ideas, strategies, conversation starters, and resources to everyone on college campuses who cares about the prevention of sexual violence. The toolkit includes prevention activities to 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.
- American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC)
This national nonprofit organization is focused on meeting the needs of professionals engaged in all aspects of services for maltreated children and their families, especially the dissemination of state-of-the-art practice in all professional disciplines related to child abuse and neglect. APSAC achieves its mission most notably through expert training and educational activities, policy leadership, collaboration, and consultation that emphasizes theoretically sound, evidence-based principles.
- Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA)
The Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers is an international, multidisciplinary 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 who are at risk to abuse.
- Black Women’s Blueprint (BWB)
This organization works to place the particular struggles of Black women and girls squarely within the context of the larger racial justice concerns of Black communities. BWB is committed to building movements where gender matters in broader social justice organizing so that all members of the Black community gain social, political and economic equity. Goals are accomplished through progressive research, historical documentation, policy advocacy, and organizing.
- Center for Sex Offender Management
The goal of the Center for Sex Offender Management (CSOM) 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 (CANE)
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.
- Clery Center for Security on Campus
Under the Jeanne Clery Act Act of 1990, institutions must provide survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking with options such as changes to academic, transportation, or living or working situations, and assistance in notifying local law enforcement, if the student or employee chooses to do so. It also provides both parties in a campus disciplinary process certain rights. The goal of this organization is to work with college and university communities to create safer campuses, including providing Clery Act training seminars.
- 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.
- End Rape on Campus (EROC)
EROC works to end campus sexual violence through direct support for survivors and their communities; prevention through education; and policy reform at the campus, local, state, and federal levels.
- End Violence Against Women International (EVAWI)
EVAWI provides technical assistance on the law enforcement response to sexual assault and VAWA forensic compliance. Working with professionals inside and outside the criminal justice system, EVAWI seeks to improve outcomes for victims and pursue accountability for their assailants with the goal to protect victims, prevent future attacks, and keep communities safe. EVAWI offers a broad portfolio of resources to improve criminal justice and community responses to gender-based violence including online trainings, conferences, and webinars.
- 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 U.S. 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.
Hollaback! is a movement to end harassment powered by a network of local activists around the world. Members work together to better understand harassment, to ignite public conversations, and to develop innovative strategies to ensure equal access to public spaces. Dedicated to fighting street harassment, Hollaback! has empowered people in over 79 cities and 26 countries internationally to respond through a smartphone/web application. Users are encouraged to speak up when they see harassment by quickly posting and sharing it to a publicly viewable map.
This site was established by a group of professionals seeking to better understand and treat adult male survivors of childhood sexual abuse. MaleSurvivor creates resources and partnerships to provide life-changing support to survivors and their loved ones. The group provides training across a wide range of disciplines to help ensure that all survivors of sexual violence have access to trained, compassionate, and effective support.
- Men Stopping Rape (MSR)
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 (MINICAVA)
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. The MINICAVA 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. NAESV advocates on behalf of victims and 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 (NCVC)
The National Center for Victims of Crime (NCVC) is a nonprofit organization that serves victims of all types of crime, including sexual 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. NCDSV has a staff of nationally known trainers and sponsors national and regional conferences.
- National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence (NCDSV)
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 CDC’s Division of Violence Prevention.
- National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life (NCALL)
NCALL’s mission is to eliminate abuse in later life. Through advocacy and education, NCALL strives to challenge and change the beliefs, policies, practices, and systems that allow abuse to occur and continue. NCALL also aims to improve victim safety.
- National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP)
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 Organization of Asians and Pacific Islanders Ending Sexual Violence (NAPIESV)
NAPIESV provides technical assistance and support to local and community-based programs and governmental organizations serving survivors of violence against women to develop or enhance their capacity to provide culturally and linguistically appropriate services to Asian and Pacific Islander survivors of sexual violence.
- National Organization of Sisters of Color Ending Sexual Assault
This national organization supports women of color and organizations by and for communities of color, using a multi-strategy approach. The approach includes providing culturally-appropriate and relevant community awareness and education on sexual assault within communities of color, policy advocacy to inform systems change, and technical assistance and training for communities of color organizations.
- National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC)
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.
- NO MORE
NO MORE seeks to raise public awareness and engage bystanders around ending domestic violence and sexual assault. NO MORE is supported by hundreds of national and local groups and by thousands of individuals, organizations, universities, and communities. Founded as a public-private partnership, the organization aims to break down the barriers of stigma, silence and shame that keep people from talking about these issues and taking action to prevent them.
- Polaris Project
To eradicate human trafficking across borders and strengthen services for victims, Polaris galvanizes regional collaboration among service providers, governments, and law enforcement entities to share data, strategies, and resources. Polaris has discovered the potential of a hotline to function as a coordination mechanism for the anti-trafficking movement.
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 (RAINN)
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.
- 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.
- Students Active for Ending Rape (SAFER)
SAFER is a nonprofit organization that is devoted to empowering college students by providing them with the resources they need to build successful grassroots campaigns to combat sexual and interpersonal violence in campus communities.
- 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 (VAWnet)
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).