Sexual Assault in the States
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Sexual Assault Projects
Some federal agencies and several states have ongoing projects related to sexual assault. Some are research driven, while others are service-related. Below is a list of known projects with links to project pages, where available. If you are involved in or know of a sexual assault project in your state that is not listed, please contact us.
The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) and the Justice Research and Statistics Association (JRSA) are together on a series of projects designed to improve state criminal history records through analysis of key topics of interest to state justice decisionmakers. In the first project, nine State Statistical Analysis Centers (SACs) were selected to study recidivism of sex offenders released in 2001 using criminal history records data. The SACs were required to develop the capacity to obtain and analyze their statesí criminal history records, or in the case of SACs that already had this capacity, to participate in a study of sex offender recidivism using the criminal history records data. SACS then provided feedback to their state criminal history repositories on errors in the data discovered as the analyses were undertaken. This ongoing process of analysis and correction of data in the files is aimed to help improve the overall quality of the data in the criminal history records.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in conjunction with the National Institute of Justice and the U.S. Department of Defense, is developing the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Surveillance System (NISVSS). This survey will sample households to establish incidence and prevalence estimates on intimate and sexual violence and stalking.
NIJ, through its Violence and Victimization Research Division, provides funding for various research projects related to violence against women. Ongoing projects can be found on the NIJ Grants page.
Transitional Housing for Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Stalking and Sexual Assault
The OVW provides grants to programs that provide assistance to victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking who are in need of transitional housing, short-term housing assistance, and related support services.
Funded under the Office of Violence Against Women, Education and Technical Assistance Grants to End Violence Against Women with Disabilities Program, this project provides technical assistance to 22 grantees representing 19 different states. The goals of the program are to create greater options, services and remedies for women with disabilities experiencing sexual assault, stalking and/or domestic violence. The project challenges barriers that exist within the service provider community and public institutions that limit women with disabilities who have experienced violence from accessing services, and create a national coordinated response among service providers
STOP Violence Against Women Formula Grants Program
The STOP (Services, Training, Officers, and Prosecutors) Violence Against Women Formula Grants are awarded to states to develop and strengthen the criminal justice system's response to violence against women and to support and enhance services for victims.
Legal Assistance for Victims
This discretionary grant program is designed to strengthen civil and criminal legal assistance programs for adult and youth victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking who are seeking relief in legal matters arising as a consequence of that abuse or violence.
This program is designed to strengthen the higher education community's response to sexual assault, stalking, domestic violence, and dating violence crimes on campuses, and to enhance collaboration between campuses and local criminal justice and victim advocacy organizations.
State Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Coalitions
The Office awards grants to each state domestic violence coalition and sexual assault coalition for the purposes of coordinating state victim services activities and collaborating and coordinating with federal, state, and local entities engaged in violence against women activities.
Tribal Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Coalitions
This discretionary grant program is designed for increasing awareness of domestic violence and sexual assault against American Indian and Alaska Native women, enhancing the response to such violence at the tribal, federal, and state levels, and providing technical assistance to coalition membership and tribal communities.
Enhanced Training and Services to End Violence and Abuse of Women Later in Life
This discretionary grant program is designed to address the issue of elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation, including domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking against victims who are 50 years of age or older, through training and services.
Education and Technical Assistance Grants to End Violence Against Women with Disabilities
This discretionary grant program is designed to provide training, consultation, and information on domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, and sexual assault against individuals with disabilities and to provide direct services to such individuals.
Safe Havens: Supervised Visitation and Safe Exchange
This discretionary grant program helps create safe places for visitation with and exchange of children in cases of domestic violence, child abuse, sexual assault, or stalking.
District of Columbia
Studying the Characteristics, Processes, and Outcomes of Sexual Assaults in Alaska. Grant 2004-WG-BX-0003
This project will investigate the epidemiology of sexual assaults in Alaska and the ways in which alcohol use affects the reported assaults. In a four-pronged approach, researchers will collect and analyze Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners' (SANE) evaluations of victims statewide; examine the spatial patterns of reported assaults in Anchorage; describe and identify the causes and consequences of the time lapse between the end of the assault and the report to the police or examination by a SANE; and examine how alcohol use affects anogenital injuries.
The Alaska Justice Statistical Analysis Center has compiled statistics on the number of murders, sex offenses, robberies, aggravated assaults, burglaries, motor vehicle thefts, arson, theft/larceny incidents, and Minor Consuming Alcohol (MCA) citations reported on the University of Alaska Anchorage campus since 1991.
Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) Data Collection Project
The Alaska Forensic Nurses Association, working in conjunction with the Alaska Justice Statistical Analysis Center, has created a database to capture incident-based information from all of the 11 Sexual Assault Response Team programs in Alaska.
Analysis of Sexual Assault
The Alaska State Troopers, working in conjunction with the Alaska Justice Statistical Analysis Center, has created a database to capture incident-based information from all of the sexual assault cases reported to the State Troopers in 2003 and 2004. This information will be paired with information on the outcomes of these cases from the Department of Law. The final report will provide a detailed description of sexual assault in Alaska and an examination of how case characteristics affect case outcomes.
Analysis of Sexual Assault of Spouses Criminal History Records
The Arizona Criminal Justice Commission's Statistical Analysis Center will be analyzing the criminal history records of offenders who sexually abuse their spouses.
STOP Violence Against Women Formula Grant
The STOP Violence Against Women Formula Grant is awarded by the U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women to the Arizona Governor's Office for Children, Youth and Families' Division for Women. The state of Arizona receives approximately $2m dollars annually that are awarded through a competitive process to law enforcement, prosecution, courts, and victim service programs across the state that address violence against women. Some of the activities supported through the STOP Grant have been: development of a statewide Court Protective Order Repository; establishment of domestic violence courts; development of specialized law enforcement and prosecution teams; sexual assault crisis services; battered immigrant self-petitioning assistance; legal advocacy; the establishment of Family Advocacy Centers; and the hiring of a domestic violence court trainer, advocates, specialized sexual assault detectives, and master-level sexual assault therapists.
Accessing Safety: Promising Practices in Serving Crime Victims with Disabilities
The Southern Arizona Center Against Sexual Assault received funding from the Office of Victims of Crime for a 3-year project. In the first year, the project conducted a needs assessment and formed the Southern Arizona Sexual Violence Disability Coalition. Now in its second year, Accessing Safety is implementing strategies and projects to serve crime victims with disabilities. Among other efforts is the creating of a Promising Practices Handbook for Center Against Sexual Assault staff, forensic nurse examiners and law enforcement partners.
Sexual Assault Response Services (SARS)
The Sexual Assault Response Service is a 24-hour/7 day-a-week hospital response team providing services to recent survivors of sexual assault. A SARS advocate can respond to any Tucson hospital emergency department to provide victims/survivors with immediate crisis intervention and advocacy, as well as information about the victim's/survivor's options and rights. When authorized by law enforcement, a specially-skilled Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner is able to provide a forensic medical exam and evidence collection. SARS also facilitates a victim's/survivor's entry into longer-term support, as well as into Arizona's criminal justice system.
Su Voz Vale
Su Voz Vale, or Your Voice Counts, is a community action program of the Center Against Sexual Assault based on the south side of Tucson. The goal of the program is to reduce the incidence of and trauma associated with sexual violence for the Latino/Chicano population. Su Voz Vale is a bilingual/bicultural program providing culturally relevant and appropriate services.
Sexual Assault Investigation and Management Training for Rural Law Enforcement
The National Center for Rural Law Enforcement at the Criminal Justice Institute, University of Arkansas, in a collaborative effort with the National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence, provides education and training on sexual assault to rural law enforcement executives and rural investigators. This project is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Office on Violence Against Women.
Farmworker Women's Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Program
The purpose of this program is to develop and implement activities that educate and increase awareness of sexual assault and domestic violence among monolingual and bilingual Spanish-speaking and low-income farmworker women.
Law Enforcement Specialized Units
The purpose of this program is to continue the efforts of law enforcement agencies to enhance or create specialized units to focus special effort on the handling of violent crimes against adult women, including sexual assault, domestic violence, and stalking. The specialized units accomplish this purpose through thorough investigation, immediate victim advocacy, and training for law enforcement officers. Thorough investigation leads to successful prosecution of cases, immediate victim advocacy provides victims with the support and resources to help disrupt the cycle of violence, and training assists departments in providing a consistent, effective, and compassionate response to female victims of violent crime.
Medical Training Center Program
The purpose of this program is to ensure that forensic medical examinations are conducted statewide in a standardized, consistent and qualified manner by training medical personnel who perform examinations for child sexual and physical abuse and neglect, adult sexual assault, domestic violence and elder/dependent adult abuse. Training on evidentiary examination procedures is also provided to investigators and court personnel involved in dependency and criminal proceedings. This is accomplished through the development of a wide variety of curriculum guidelines and provision of training courses.
Native American Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Program
Native American sexual assault and domestic violence victims are severely underserved due to the lack of conveniently located or culturally sensitive services, lack of information regarding the dynamics of sexual assault and domestic violence and, in some cases weak linkages between tribal communities and non-tribal criminal justice and victim services systems. This project addresses sexual assault and domestic violence among this population.
Rape Crisis Program
The program funds 84 rape crisis centers that service all 58 counties. Rape crisis centers assist sexual assault victims in dealing with the emotional trauma inflicted by the assault, provide assistance as these victims progress through the criminal justice system, and provide community education programs.
Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) Program
This program provides funding for Rape Crisis Center victim advocates to support and participate in the development and/or enhancement of local SART efforts to improve multidisciplinary responses to sexual assault victims.
Statewide SART Collaboration Program
This project provides assistance to develop and coordinate Sexual Assault Response Teams (SART) in California to ensure effective community sexual assault response systems. The objectives are: 1) development, enhancement and improvement of SART systems and efforts; 2) availability of effective, comprehensive sexual assault response systems for sexual assault victims; 3) identification of key procedures and protocols; and 4) coordination of SART policy needs.
Violence Against Women Vertical Prosecution Program
The purpose of this program is to fund specialized units in prosecutorís offices in California to vertically prosecute crimes against women, including sexual assault, domestic violence, stalking, and dating violence. Vertical prosecution has shown to improve conviction rates, reduce victim trauma, and provide more consistent and appropriate sentencing.
Anger Profiles and Characteristics of Incarcerated Sex Offenders
The Central Connecticut State University Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice has received a grant to examine the characteristics of sex offenders currently in prison.
Connecticut College Consortium Against Sexual Assault
The Consortium is composed of representatives from Connecticut colleges and universities, as well as individuals from community services and programs, who work to improve the response to and prevention of sexual violence.
Na Wahine Team International
The Na Wahine team is fighting domestic violence and sexual assault to form a comprehensive response to issues of violence against women through cross-disciplinary training programs.
Hawaii State Commission on the Status of Women
Hawaii State Commission on Status of Women (HSCSW) works for equality for women and girls in the state by acting as a catalyst for positive change through advocacy, education, collaboration and program development.
Region Women Initiative
This Northwest Indiana project has two focus areas - research and culture. The first phase, running through 2006, consists of a public policy report, a three-part cultural series and the launch of the first regionally based academic journal. The initiative is driven by community volunteers working together to stimulate public dialogue at the regional level on issues affecting region women's quality of life.
Iowa Sex Offender Treatment and Supervision Studies
The Division of Criminal and Juvenile Justice Planning established a task force to study sex offender-related issues. The task force released its first report, making recommendations and study plans for a variety of issues, including: electronic monitoring, updating addresses in the sex offender registry, risk assessments, treatment, and the impact of the special sentence (new 10-year or life-time supervision).
National Resource Sharing Project
Created by the Iowa Coalition Against Sexual Assault, the project helps state sexual assault coalitions across the country access resources. The project is designed to provide technical assistance and support, and to facilitate peer-driven resources for all state and territorial sexual assault coalitions.
Violence Against Women Study
The Statistical Analysis Center within the Kentucky Criminal Justice Council is undertaking a project to:
- identify all available statewide data pertaining to the incidence of domestic and sexual violence, including data from criminal justice sources, as well as social services, mental health and victim service providers;
- establish a plan and ongoing process for data collection to permit the ability to monitor the data over time and conduct trend analysis;
- coordinate data collection efforts through the Data Advisory Team of the Kentucky Criminal Justice Council; and
- analyze the data and publish the findings in a statewide report on violence against women.
Statewide Strategic Plan to Reduce Violence Against Women
With a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Maine Department of Human Services, Maine Commission on Domestic and Sexual Abuse, and the Maine Primary Care Association are teaming up to integrate and implement a strategic plan to reduce violence against women in the state.
Sexual Assault in Maryland: The African-American Experience.
In this project, researchers conducted a needs assessment of African-American women who are residents of Maryland and who have been sexually assaulted. Analyses of the results examined whether differences exist by race in terms of details of assault, reporting to police, and medical and counseling services received, and also to determine if these differences are due to race alone or to other variables such as geographic location, age, and socioeconomic status.
Provider Sexual Crime Report
The Provider Sexual Crime Report (PSCR) is a data collection instrument that was created to help understand the volume and characteristics of rape and sexual assault in Massachusetts. Medical providers in Massachusetts are required by law to fill out a PSCR for every sexual assault and rape where the victim sought medical treatment. The PSCR provides detailed data on sexual crimes that commonly go unreported to police and as a result are not recorded or tracked in official statistics. The Research and Policy Analysis Unit of the Executive Office of Public Safety analyzes PSCR data to construct a detailed picture of sexual assaults and rapes in Massachusetts where the victim sought medical treatment.
Sexual Assault Surveillance System (SASS)
Funded by the Michigan Department of Community Health, the SASS is an ongoing systematic collection, analysis and interpretation of sexual assault data for use in planning, implementation, and evaluation of sexual assault polices in Michigan.
Crime Victimization Survey
The Minnesota Statistical Analysis Center is working with the University of Minnesota's Center for Survey Research to ask a statewide sample of 800 Minnesotans about their crime victimization and perceptions of crime in their communities. This information will be analyzed by a variety of demographics, including geographic location, gender, and age.
Interagency Task Force on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention
The Minnesota Legislature created the Interagency Task Force on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention (IATF) during the 2000 legislative session and charged the task force with developing a statewide strategic plan to address and formulate:
Each year, the Task Force presents these recommendations in a report to the legislature.
- Recommendations on how to reduce the incidence of domestic violence and sexual assault
- Recommendations on how to coordinate existing resources at the federal, state and local levels to reduce the incidence of domestic violence and sexual assault, including specific proposals on how these governmental entities may better cooperate
- Recommendations for changes in policies and laws to reduce the incidence of domestic violence and sexual assault
- Recommendations on the need for increased services and resources to reduce the incidence of domestic violence and sexual assault
- Other items deemed appropriate by the task force.
A Comprehensive Needs Assessment of Rural Violence
With the support of the Bush Foundation in St. Paul, MN, and the Minnesota Department of Public Safety - Office of Justice Programs, the Center for Reducing Rural Violence (CRRV) has engaged the services of Rainbow Research to conduct a comprehensive needs assessment of rural violence in Minnesota in two phases:
The needs assessment will also provide a unique set of data never before collected in Minnesota, including information about challenges of violence facing rural communities, the barriers and successes they have met in dealing with these, met and unmet needs, and gaps in service. Information will be collected in key informant interviews and focus groups with local law enforcement and criminal justice experts, public officials and community residents.
- Examine proven violence indicators in rural Minnesota as well as trends in violence covering the period 1995 to 2005 across urban, suburban, and rural areas, including rural tribal communities
- Convene local and regional stakeholders across the state to discuss the impacts of violence in rural communities, current violence prevention and intervention practices, and barriers and public policy needs in addressing, resisting, and preventing violence.
Crisis Resource Center
The Montana Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence and Voices of Hope have received a grant from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine to create and maintain a Crisis Resource Center for mental health, sexual assault, and domestic violence service providers.
Montana DELTA Project
The Montana Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence has received funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for the Domestic Violence Prevention Enhancement and Leadership Through Alliances (DELTA) project. The project focuses on three key areas: prevention, collaboration and employing a multi-level approach to community involvement. DELTA is currently underway in Carbon, Hill and Ravalli Counties and Missoula.
Seven Sisters Native Coalition
The Montana Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence has received funding from the U.S. Department of Justice to create a Native American Coalition in Montana. Currently in the development state, this new Coalition will focus on meeting the needs of domestic violence and sexual assault victims on the 7 Indian reservations in the state.
Improving Communities' Response to Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
The project, a collaboration between the Attorney General's Office, State Patrol, and Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Coalition, uses law enforcement statistics and victim impact panels to develop regional training for local agencies. The project also determines the compliance of local agencies with state domestic violence statutory requirements and provides assistance to domestic violence and sexual assault response teams.
Evaluation of SANE/SART Program
The Office of the Attorney General's Department of Law and Public Safety is conducting an evaluation of the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner/Sexual Assault Response Team (SANE/SART) program operating statewide. The Office is gathering charging and sentencing data for the final analysis. A final evaluation report will be available.
South Valley Male Involvement Project
The New Mexico Department of Health's Family Planning Program is implementing a male reproductive health project, the South Valley Male Involvement Project (SVMIP), in the South Valley area of Bernalillo County. The SVMIP provides information, education, and an opportunity for community members to access coordinated preventive health care services to improve the health and well-being of men and boys. The goals of the project are to:
The SVMIP provides education at middle schools, high schools, and detention centers. Outreach activities include basketball tournaments, a locally produced play, and radio and television spots.
- Improve educational and clinical services for men of all ages in the South Valley
- Reduce the risk behaviors that lead to unintended pregnancy and HIV and STDs
- Decrease the prevalence of violence, pregnancy and STDs among teens 15-19 in the South Valley
The New Mexico Clearinghouse on Sexual Abuse and Assault Services has developed a database of professionals throughout New Mexico who are involved in the investigation, prosecution, treatment, judicial administration, and prevention of sexual abuse and sexual assault. The Colleague Network includes experienced advocates, clergy, lawyers, judges, medical professionals, law enforcement, forensic scientists, teachers, counselors, principals, and trainers who can address the specific needs of anyone involved in a sexual abuse or sexual assault case.
New York State Victim Assistance Academy
The New York State Victim Assistance Academy is an interdisciplinary, academically based learning experience for crime victim service providers, advocates, and allied professionals. It provides a foundation in the principles and policies of victims' rights work and a comprehensive set of skills, knowledge, and resources to enable service providers to better meet the short- and long-term needs of crime victims in New York State.
Spas for Survivors
The New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault is partnering with The Enterprising Kitchen to allow the public to donate spa baskets to survivors of sexual assault.
Review of Services to Adolescents
The New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault analyzed the type and range of services offered by city hospital, community, child and adolescent, and criminal justice programs. Emergency departments in 39 of the 63 hospitals participated.
The New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault will identify the adequacy of services available to sexual assault victims from the survivors' perspective. Staff are using a standard survey administered through three channels: rape crisis programs, hospital-based sexual assault programs, and online from the Alliance's Web site. Researchers will ask survivors to reflect on the medical, mental health, law enforcement and criminal justice services made available to them after their assault. The overarching purpose is to: 1) inform each of the service sectors involved in the care of rape survivors on how their current services either fulfill or do not fulfill needs of rape victims; and 2) provide these service sectors with guidelines on how to better the care they provide to rape survivors in New York City.
Dating Violence Experiences of High School Students
The New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault has begun a research project in conjunction with the Columbia Center for Youth Violence Prevention to survey youths in four high schools on dating violence.
Automation Capabilities of Service Providers
The Governor's Crime Commission Criminal Justice Analysis Center is assessing the automation capabilities and needs of the state-funded domestic violence and sexual assault provider programs. The study will collect baseline data to determine the readiness for development of an automated statewide data collection program.
Statewide Information System for Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Programs
The Governor's Crime Commission will be developing a statewide data collection system that captures information about the types of services provided by domestic violence and sexual assault agencies as well as methods for measuring the data to determine the impact or effectiveness of services on victims.
Domestic Violence/Rape Crisis Grant Program
North Dakota Department of Health provides grants to domestic violence and rape crisis service providers, law enforcement, prosecution, judicial, hospitals, and other agencies to address violent crimes against women.
Evaluation of Victim Services Organizational Capacity Building Initiative
The National Center for State Courts is conducting an 18-month evaluation of the impact of organizational capacity building initiatives undertaken by five victim services agencies funded by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency.
Assessing the Use of Pennsylvania's Victim Compensation Assistance Program
The Justice Research and Statistics Association is conducting this study to identify ways to increase the utilization of crime victim compensation in Pennsylvania. The objectives of the study are to: 1) assess Pennsylvania's current rate of utilization of crime victim compensation and compare this to the rates of other states; 2) identify, via literature review and data analysis, factors that are related to utilization of compensation programs; and 3) develop recommendations for improving the program.
Evaluation of the STOP Violence Against Women Training Project
The University of Pittsburgh will assess the impact of the training project on the implementation of the STOP grant in participating counties. This will include an impact evaluation of the outcomes associated with the training, an identification of best practices in the existing statewide program, and development of a set of performance measures to aid in establishing guidelines for future training programs.
Effectiveness of Sex Offender Registration and Notification Policies in Reducing Sexual Violence Against Women
The purpose of this study is to examine the effectiveness of sex offender registration and community notification policies in reducing sexual violence against women and girls. To date, effects of broad sex offender registration and notification policies have been almost entirely exempt from empirical review. The present study will evaluate sex offender registration and notification policies as applied in South Carolina to determine whether these policies have deterred new sexual offenses or reduced sexual recidivism. Additionally, this study will examine whether an unintended effect has occurred; that is, whether the prosecution or conviction of individuals arrested for serious sexual offenses might have declined since policy implementation, perhaps due to perceived harshness of these policies. Because general crime rates have declined over the past decade, data on robbery and aggravated assault will also be examined to control for reductions in sex offenses.
Evaluating the Effectiveness of Sex Offender Registration and Notification Policies for Reducing Sexual Violence Against Women. Grant 2006-WT-BX-0001
The study examines the effectiveness of sex offender registration and community notification policies in reducing sexual violence against women and girls. Because registration and notification policies were federally mandated and have been implemented across the country, they represent the most comprehensive attempts at the prevention and reduction of serious sexual violence. To date, the effects of broad registration and notification policies (e.g., policies that do not distinguish between different offender risk levels and that apply for life) have been almost entirely exempt from empirical review. The present study will evaluate broad sex offender registration and notification policies as applied in South Carolina to determine whether these policies have deterred new sexual offenses (Aim 1) or reduced sexual recidivism (Aim 2). Additionally, this study will examine whether an unintended effect has occurred: that is, whether the prosecution or conviction of individuals arrested for serious sexual offenses might have declined since policy implementation, perhaps due to perceived harshness of these polices (Aim 3). Because general crime rates have declined over the past decade, data on robbery and aggravated assault will also be examined in the context of some analyses to control for reductions in sex offenses that might be due to non-specific factors. Data from 1991 to 2003 to be analyzed include all South Carolina "registry" sexual offense charges and convictions; all robbery and aggravated assault charges and convictions (for comparison); and victim reports of sexual offenses (also for comparison purposes). Patterns of pre-policy (1991-1995) charges and convictions will be compared with post-registration policy data (1996-1999) and with post-Internet notification policy data (2000-2003). This study will represent the first empirical examination of broad registration and notification polices, such as were implemented by approximately half of all U.S. states. These policies have been in effect for over a decade, and examination of their effectiveness is overdue.
Juvenile Sexual Violence Victims
The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) is also using incident-based law enforcement data to conduct a study of sexual violence on victims under the age of 18. When conducting a previous report of sexual violence, it became apparent that sexual violence victimization rates among the younger age groups significantly exceeded the rates among older age groups. The Division will therefore be conducting a more detailed examination of sexual violence among young victims.
Cultural Competency Project
The Cultural Competency Project addresses access, language and cultural barriers faced by immigrant and refugee victims and works to enhance culturally competent domestic violence and sexual assault services. The project seeks ways to improve services to immigrant, refugee and trafficked victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in Tennessee, to increase collaboration between DV/SA programs and organizations that serve immigrant communities, and to increase the understanding of issues that affect immigrant victims among DV/SA programs and organizations that serve immigrants.
Social Norms Project
The overall purpose of the Social Norms Project is to create a prevention campaign about sexual violence among youth. In order to accomplish this goal effectively, the Tennessee Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence will first examine and assess what Tennessee youths believe sexual violence is and how they feel about it. Once these beliefs are understood, the project can determine the best way to help prevent sexual assault.
Tennessee Victim Assistance Academy
The Tennessee Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence has received a three-year federal grant from the Office for Victims of Crime to develop, implement and evaluate a Tennessee-specific victim assistance academy. The Coalition will coordinate, plan and implement the Academy with support from the Victims of Crime State Coordinating Council, the Office of Criminal Justice Programs, the State Treasurer's Office and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
Victims of Crime State Coordinating Council
The Tennessee Victims of Crime State Coordinating Council has been established to promote awareness of the needs of victims of crime and their families and to coordinate and assist the efforts of victims' rights organizations. The Council does not provide direct services assistance to individual victims or families of victims, but instead refers victims and/or will advise victims of available resources.
Child and Adolescent Counseling Program Evaluation for SafePlace
The Child and Adolescent Counseling Program at SafePlace provides counseling to children and adolescents who have experienced domestic and/or sexual violence. Services provided to clients include individual counseling, play therapy with younger children, crisis intervention, long-term counseling, and peer support groups. Given current services offered, the Institute on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault will be conducting an evaluation of the program's assessment tools and observation methods to assess their suitability for evaluating client outcomes.
Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) Feedback Form
The Utah Coalition Against Sexual Assault is evaluating sexual assault victims' system of care, including the sexual assault nurse examination, rape crisis advocacy, and response by law enforcement and hospital services personnel.
Sexual Violence Awareness Within the Community of Developmentally Disabled Adults
The Utah Coalition Against Sexual Assault is measuring the effectiveness of sexual violence intervention and prevention efforts designed for developmentally disabled adults and their caregivers.
Prison Rape Elimination
The Washington State Department of Corrections was awarded a grant and has subcontracted to the Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs to create curricula and provide training in the areas of inmate orientation, staff training and investigations for both adult and juvenile facilities.
The Black People's Project
The Black People's Project, created by Communities Against Rape and Abuse, develops creative and radical ways to challenge rape culture as it connects to the experience of being black in America. This includes presentations, curricula, and peer education about the American slave trade and culture; lynching movements at the turn of the 20th century and in contemporary USA; sexual abuse, torture and continued assaults on the black body as "object" and subject of loathing; disproportionality; the Criminal Justice System: police brutality, the prison industrial complex, the death penalty; and economic justice.
The Disability Pride Project
The Disability Pride Project, created by Communities Against Rape and Abuse, generates radical action against violence and oppression within the disabilities community. The project challenges the oppressive stereotypes that surround this community and explores ways of resistance that are educational, creative, and political. The Disability Pride Project increases the community's capacity to support survivors of sexual violence and bolsters community efforts to promote safety, support and liberation in a manner that challenges rape and oppression. This goal is achieved by fostering education through critical dialogue, strengthening coalitions between people with disabilities and our allies, and by supporting community action that increases awareness of sexual violence, safety, and informed decision-making.
The Young People's Liberation Project
Communities Against Rape and Abuse's Young People's Liberation Project supports young people organizing for safety, support, and liberation. The agency works creatively and collectively to challenge rape, abuse, and oppression. This project is a resource for young people who want to create support for young survivors of rape and abuse, as well as young people who want to work to end all forms of violence and oppression through activism and community-organizing.
Beyond the Prison Industrial Complex
Communities Against Rape and Abuse organizes and is led by communities that are marginalized from the approach of strengthening the criminal justice system's response to sexual violence. The project works to create community-based systems of accountability and support in order to build healthy relationships and communities free of both interpersonal and state violence.
West Virginia Regional Mobile SANE Program
The West Virginia Foundation for Rape Information and Services evaluated the needs of the rural areas of the state and discovered that victims in many rural communities were provided limited and unequal access to medical care resources and facilities, which often resulted in unequal access to proper forensic examinations. This led to the development of a mobile program, serving four hospitals in four counties and providing 24/7 services to victims of sexual assault through a collaboration of financial and programmatic resources.
Violence Against Women Program Evaluations
The Division of Criminal Justice Services' Statistical Analysis Center evaluates the state Violence Against Women STOP teams and the Rural Domestic Violence and Child Victimization Grant program. All evaluations are available from its Web site.
West Virginia Intercollegiate Council on Sexual Violence
The Intercollegiate Council began as a vision to establish a campus consortium to work collectively on the issue of sexual violence on the campuses of West Virginia's residential colleges and universities. The mission of the council is to significantly reduce sexual offenses through the development of educational strategies, improvement of victim service responses, facilitation of information exchange and impact on policy-making.
Safe Haven Visitation and Exchange Plan Implementation Project
This project provides assistance for families experiencing domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse, and stalking. Four of the 34 state service providers are receiving funds to expand services, enhance safety, and increase center staff. In addition to the mandated OJP technical support, training and technical assistance to the four implementation sites are provided by subcontracts from the Children's Trust Fund (CTF) to the Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault (WCASA), the Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence (WCADV), and Kieffer Consultation and Facilitation.
Comprehensive Needs Assessment for the Prevention of Sexual Violence
The Wyoming Survey and Analysis Center (WYSAC) is working with the Wyoming Division of Victim Services and Wyoming's Sexual Violence Prevention Planning Committee to complete a comprehensive needs assessment of sexual violence in the state. This research involves creating an inventory of all existing data sources and indicators related to sexual violence as well as developing data profiles around important research questions. This includes profiling the perpetrators and victims of sexual violence, the types of sexual violence in Wyoming, and an exploration of possible risk and protective factors. This assessment will inform Wyoming's statewide plan to prevent sexual violence.
Rural Outreach Project
The Wyoming Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault is working with local communities and the Wind River Reservation to identify and correct gaps in services and barriers to services.
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