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 Visit disclaimer page .
  • The National Traumatic Stress Network provides information related to sex abuse. Visit disclaimer page 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 Visit disclaimer page 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