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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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April 2013
This fact sheet summarizes the 2012 Unites States Strategy to Prevent and Respond to Gender-Based Violence Globally which aims to strengthen the United States’ global response to gender-based violence through service integration, coordination across agencies, and diplomacy.
Authors: Center for Health and Gender Equity
March 2013
This report proposes a benchmark for the status of women today and a guide to critical policy changes that can help women overcome challenges in the areas of economic justice, reproductive justice and safety.
Authors: Ms. Foundation for Women
March 2013
The TVPRA will offer increased support to the State Department’s diplomatic engagement, bolster protections for vulnerable children and domestic workers, and enable effective partnerships to bring services to survivors and prosecute traffickers.
Authors: U.S. Department of State
January 2013
This report concludes that in many sexual assault cases in Washington DC, the police did not file incident reports, which are required to proceed with an investigation, or misclassified serious sexual assaults as lesser or other crimes.
Authors: Human Rights Watch
This document reviews definitions, grant conditions, and changes included under various titles of the 2013 Violence Against Women Act.
Authors: National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence Against Women
These guidelines aim to provide evidence-based guidance to health-care providers on the appropriate responses to intimate partner violence and sexual violence against women, including clinical interventions and emotional support.
Authors: World Health Organization
This webpage provides information about changes in VAWA 2013 and how it addresses gaps in services and justice for all survivors.
Authors: National Network to End Domestic Violence
The Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (VAWA 2013), combined with the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA), was signed into law on March 7, 2013. This practice advisory provides an overview of substantive changes and technical fixes both in VAWA and TVPRA as well as practice pointers for attorneys and advocates on how to work with these new changes.
Authors: ASISTA
This guide provides ideas, best practices and strategies for domestic and sexual violence service providers and faith leaders to build partnerships that support older victims and survivors.
Authors: Safe Havens Interfaith Partnership Against Domestic Violence and The National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life
The Protected Innocence Challenge is a study of US state law to assist advocates in their work to end domestic minor sex trafficking. An interactive map provides each state’s ranking on 41 key legislative components that must be addressed in the state’s laws in order to effectively respond to the crime of domestic minor trafficking.
Authors: Shared Hope International