NISVS survey

The Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) National Center for Injury Prevention and Control conducted a study, the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS). This resource reveals the survey’s 2010 findings on the interpersonal and sexual victimization by sexual orientation.  A factsheet is also available for more information on the importance of the survey study, findings and highlights, opportunities for prevention and action, and additional resources.

Empowerment Based Advocacy [Video Podcast]

In this CALCASA video podcast, Kimberly Wong, a psychotherapist and clinical consultant, presents on best practices for empowering survivors of sexual assault through Empowerment Based Advocacy. Empowerment Based Advocacy is an approach to working with survivors to promote self-actualization as well as to be their supporter and advocate. She discusses how to manage such relationships within the confines of one’s professional role and the importance of one’s own emotional awareness to better empower the survivor. Wong also details crisis theory and how to spot the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder among those who have been sexually assaulted. She offers techniques on how to empower survivors as well as practices to avoid.  Watch the podcast here or below.