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Online Resources

A Recovery Bill of Rights for Trauma Survivors
Focuses on ritual abuse and healing, but the resources can be adapted for sexual assault unrelated to ritual abuse.

Anniversary Reactions: A Survivor's Guide on How to Cope
Defines "anniversary reaction," illustrates two survivors' stories, recommends coping strategies for victims, and presents ways families and friends might help victims.

Civil Justice for Victims of Crime
Gives crime victims and those who work with them a basic understanding of the civil justice system.

Coping with Sexual Assault
Reviews medical, legal, and emotional issues following a sexual assault and describes how rape victims and their friends and families can obtain services. Specific long-term concerns, including physical problems, emotional and psychological concerns, posttraumatic stress disorder, depression, and relationship and sexual problems also receive attention.

Guidebook for Immigrant Victims
Provides basic information and a comprehensive referral list for documented and undocumented immigrants who are victims of crime.

If You Have Been Raped or Sexually Assaulted: Know Your Rights
Gives victims information about their legal rights in Washington State; can be adapted to other jurisdictions.

It Happened To Alexa Foundation Home Page
Supports rape survivors through the trauma of the criminal trial, in the hopes that more survivors will go through with prosecution to put their perpetrators behind bars.

Dru Sjodin National Sex Offender Public Website
Provides public information about sex offenders throughout the country.

Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network
Operates a National Sexual Assault Hotline at 800–656–HOPE. The toll free line connects victims to more than 1,100 rape treatment programs nationally.

Recovering From Your Crime-Related Injuries (DVD)
Provides seriously injured crime victims with general information about the criminal justice system and strategies for coping with the negative emotions that often accompany victimization.

San Diego Victim Resource Pamphlet
Provides guidelines for San Diego sexual assault victims; can be easily adapted for victims from other jurisdictions.

Sexual Violence Survival Guide
Addresses commonly asked questions following sexual assault. The pamphlet can be helpful to victims and/or their families, friends, colleagues, spouses, or partners.

Sexual Assault Victimization
Provides an overview of sexual assault and the services generally available to victims.

Teen Tools: Sexual Assault
Provides an overview of sexual assault and describes what teens can do if they are victimized. It also provides information on how teens can help someone they know who has been sexually assaulted.

Print Resources

Ellen Bass and Laura Davis, 1992, The Courage to Heal, New York, NY: Harper Perennial Publishers. Has an appendix/chapter for partners of survivors.

Sharon E. Cheston, 1994, As You and the Abused Person Journey Together, Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press.

John Courtright and Sid Rogers, 1994, Your Wife Was Sexually Abused (with discussion guide), Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House.

Yvette S. DeBeixedon, 1995, Lovers and Survivors: A Partner's Guide to Living with and Loving a Sexual Abuse Survivor, San Francisco, CA: Robert D. Reed Publishers.

Robert Larry Levine, 1996, When You Are the Partner of a Rape or Incest Survivor: A Workbook for You, San Jose, CA: Resource Publications.

Wendy Maltz, 1991, The Sexual Healing Journey: A Guide for Survivors of Sexual Abuse, New York, NY: Harper Perennial Publishers. Takes survivors step-by-step through one of the most challenging aspects of their recovery from sexual abuse. Based on Maltz's clinical work, this book includes groundbreaking exercises and techniques for survivors to work on alone or with their partners. 

Aphrodite Matsakis, 1998, Trust After Trauma: A Guide to Relationships for Survivors and Those Who Love Them, Oakland, CA: New Harbinger Publications.


HELP for Victim Service Providers (Web Forum)
Allows victim service providers and allied professionals to share ideas, suggestions, and recommendations concerning promising and best practices and victim issues.

National Center for PTSD
Helps U.S. veterans and others through research, education, and training on trauma and posttraumatic stress disorder.

National Sexual Violence Resource Center
Serves as the Nation's principle information and resource center regarding all aspects of sexual violence. The center provides national leadership, consultation, and technical assistance by developing and disseminating information on sexual violence intervention and prevention strategies.

OVC Directory of Crime Victim Services
Helps service providers and individuals locate nonemergency crime victim services in the United States and abroad. Service providers can search by location, type of victimization, service needed, and agency type.

Parameters of Privilege and Confidentiality when Collaborating with Community Partners: A Guide for Sexual Assault Counselors and Advocates
Supports sexual assault counselors/advocates in their collaborations with multidisciplinary teams throughout Pennsylvania, describes the role of sexual assault counselors/advocates, and reviews the parameters of confidentiality that a sexual assault counselor/advocate must honor in Pennsylvania.

Confidentiality and Sexual Violence Survivors: A Toolkit for State Coalitions
Helps state sexual assault coalitions develop confidentiality guidelines.

Protocol Checklist for Responding to Sexual Assault
Helps service providers follow proper protocol when responding to sexual violence; developed for colleges but can be adapted for other use.

Tips for Social Workers, Counselors, Health Workers, Teachers, Clergy, and Others Helping Victims of Rape, Domestic Violence, and Child Abuse
Describes how to respond to victims/survivors of violence; meant for those who may have limited formal training on violence against women and children.

Toolkit to End Violence Against Women
Provides concrete guidance to communities, policy leaders, and individuals engaged in activities to end violence against women.