Resources Specific to Victims of Sexual Abuse

What do we mean by trauma-informed services and why is such an approach important?

  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Injury Prevention & Control: Division of Violence Prevention has developed resources related to sexual violence.
  • The National Traumatic Stress Network provides information related to sex abuse. They define child sexual abuse as any interaction between a child and an adult (or another child) in which the child is used for the sexual stimulation of the perpetrator or an observer. Sexual abuse can include both touching and non-touching behaviors.

My agency has decided it wants to be more trauma-informed. Where do I start?

  • The National Center on Trauma-Informed Care developed a technical assistance document on Engaging Women in Trauma-Informed Peer Support for providers who serve women. The guide is a resource to learn how to integrate trauma-informed principles into programs and services for women, and is particularly relevant to programs providing domestic violence services.

We’ve begun working on these issues, but are trying to decide what to tackle next. How can I figure out my next steps?

What are the key issues in making sure my agency does not re-traumatize our clients?

How do I develop the capacity of my staff to deliver trauma-informed services?

Additional or specialized resources

  • The Online Directory of Crime Victim Services, a resource from the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC). Since its launch in 2003, the Directory has helped thousands of crime victims and service providers find nonemergency crime victim service agencies in the United States and abroad.
  • Sexual Abuse among Homeless Adolescents: Prevalence, Correlates, and Sequelae was developed jointly by Research Triangle Institute (RTI), Child Trends, and the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation (PIRE) for the Administration on Children, Youth and Families (ACYF).
  • The Psychological Consequences of Sexual Trauma is issued by National Resource Center on Domestic Violence. This resource explores the psychological consequences of sexual trauma. Sexual trauma among survivors have been widely studied, but research investigations continue, in part, because rates of violence against girls and women remain high
  • Eight Common Myths about Child Sexual Abuse is a resource developed by The Leadership Council on Child Abuse & Interpersonal Violence (formerly the Leadership Council on Mental Health, Justice, and the Media) was founded in 1998 by professionals concerned with the treatment of victims of trauma, both in professional circles and by the legal system.
  • Recantation and False Allegations of Child Abuse provides information on issues pertaining to recantation and false allegations of abuse by children are among the more complex to understand psychologically and to interpret accurately. This issue was developed by the National Child Advocacy Center through funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
  • The Office on Women’s Health from the United States Department of Health and Human Services provides resources on sexual assault and abuse.
  • Sexual Violence Prevention: Beginning the Dialogue is a resource from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The resource is developed to review theoretical frameworks and to define and describe prevention concepts and strategies that were compatible with the public health approach and would benefit entire communities affected by sexual violence.
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Injury Prevention & Control: Division of Violence Prevention provides additional resources.

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