Resource Compendium: Sexual Assault

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Key Resources: Sexual Assault

Information | Support for Services Addressing Sexual Assault | Other Services

Information

  • Diane Seifert and Julie Nield. Untangling the Web: A Resource Booklet on Mental Health and Sexual Assault. [pdf]

    From the Introduction: "Some people with a mental illness have also suffered from sexual assault. This booklet is designed to help people who have a mental illness understand the issues regarding mental health and sexual assault."

  • Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance. Sexual Violence Awareness Fact Sheet: People with Disabilities. [pdf]

    Provides a basic overview of the issues related to sexual assault and people with disabilities, with a focus on the provision of advocacy. Please note that this document has been developed for use in another country, where the policy and legislative framework may differ from the Australian context.

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Support for services addressing sexual assault

  • Gatheringplace (2003) Sexual Assault Service Delivery Implications for People With Disabilities. [pdf]

    From the Introduction: "Over the last three decades sexual assault advocates have developed common strategies and best practices standardized services such as: crisis intervention, information and referral, intake, medical advocacy, legal advocacy and prevention. This publication is designed to provide observations and give suggestions to advocates to increase the accessibility of these standardized services to people with disabilities." Please note that this document has been developed for use in another country, where the policy and legislative framework may differ from the Australian context.

  • Nancy Smith and Sandra Harrell (2011) Forging New Collaborations: A Guide for Rape Crisis, Domestic Violence, and Disability Organizations. Center on Victimization and Safety. VERA Institute of Justice. [pdf]

    From Executive Summary: "Designed for policy makers, practitioners, and first-responders interested in using collaboration to address violence against people with disabilities. It offers concrete recommendations for how to build effective collaboration between victim services and disability organizations, practical strategies for overcoming common obstacles, and steps to begin the collaboration process." Please note that this document has been developed for use in another country, where the policy and legislative framework may differ from the Australian context.

  • Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs (2004) Creating Accessible Sexual Assault Services for People with Disabilities.gatheringplace. [pdf]

    From the Introduction: "This pamphlet is designed for managers of sexual assault programs who strive to ensure that their agencies and services are accessible and welcoming to survivors with disabilities." Please note that this document has been developed for use in another country, where the policy and legislative framework may differ from the Australian context.

  • Women With Disabilities Australia (2007) WWDA Resource Manual on Violence Against Women with Disabilities, including More Than Just a Ramp: A Guide for Women's Refuges to Develop Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) Action Plans [html]
  • From the Website: "In late November 2007, Women With Disabilities Australia (WWDA) published its Resource Manual on Violence Against Women With Disabilities. The Manual is made up of four booklets and these are:

    1.  ‘A Life Like Mine! – Narratives from women with disabilities who experience violence’
    2.  ‘Forgotten Sisters – A global review of violence against women with disabilities’
    3.  ‘It’s Not Ok It’s Violence – Information about domestic violence and women with disabilities’
    4.  ‘More Than Just A Ramp – A guide for women’s refuges to develop disability discrimination act action plans’"

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Support for other services

  • Victoria Police (2005) Code of Practice for the Investigation of Sexual Assault. [pdf]

    From the Foreword: "The Victoria Police Code of Practice for the Investigation of Sexual Assault (The Code of Practice) describes the way Victoria Police members must respond to reports of sexual assault. The fundamental principle underlying this service is that the victim is the number one priority."

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