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Sexual Violence: Policy & Systems Advocacy

This area provides information and tools to assist individuals and their collective(s) working to end sexual violence through public policy and systems change. Public policy includes federal, state, and local laws that impact victims and survivors of sexual violence and address prevention strategies, the configuration and operation of agencies and systems that respond to and prevent sexual violence, policies and protocols, and funding for the provision of services to victims and survivors. Systems advocacy is the tool that advocates and other professionals use to ensure the rights and needs of victims of sexual violence as they negotiate systems on their journey toward healing and also to ensure that systems are working to address the prevention of sexual violence.

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This online training discusses anti-human trafficking task force strategies and operations.
Authors: Office for Victims of Crime
August 2010
This set 3 of training videos specific to elder abuse response address 1) community corrections professionals, 2) judges and court personnel, and 3) law enforcement. Other video packages available here include “In Their Own Words” and “Financial Abuse Specialist Team Video.”
Authors: Office for Victims of Crime
This trainer’s guide is designed to demonstrate effective techniques for first responders called to help crime victims who have disabilities that affect the victim’s intellectual and communication abilities.
Authors: Office for Victims of Crime
Teaching scenarios used in this self-paced online course are designed for use in groups and classes of all kinds.
Authors: "Woman's Justice Center"
This module provides an overview of the coordinated community response to sexual assault. It offers information on the make-up of a response team, the history of coordinated response, the SART Model, and the SANE Model.
Authors: Dr. Kimberly Lonsway
This online program is a basic victim advocacy training offering victim services providers and allied professionals the opportunity to acquire the basic skills and knowledge they need to better assist victims of crime.
Authors: Cicatelli Associates Inc. with the National Center for Victims of Crime and Safe Horizon, Inc.
This training curriculum is aimed at increasing understanding of elder abuse in the Asian and Pacific Islander community. It includes information about types of elder abuse, safety concerns, and barriers faced by older persons when seeking help.
Authors: Asian and Pacific Islander Institute
This 9-minute video is designed to explain to non-federal law enforcement officials the crime of human trafficking. In addition, the video describes both short term and long-term immigration relief (provided by the Department of Homeland Security) that might be available to victims of human trafficking.
Authors: Department of Homeland Security Blue Campaign