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Building Skills for Sexual Assault Responders: Sexual Assault Advocate/Counselor Training Curriculum

OVC advances the treatment of victims of specific crimes, particularly rape and sexual assault. OVC has provided strong leadership in the development of Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) programs and Sexual Assault Response Teams (SARTs), which have made a profound difference in the quality of care provided for sexual assault victims. OVC funded this initiative to develop an advanced training curriculum for sexual assault advocates and counselors that would help them increase their understanding of sexual assault and treatment efficacy. The training, which has been delivered in 18 jurisdictions throughout the country, is available through the OVC Training and Technical Assistance Center. This training is intended primarily for sexual assault advocates, counselors, volunteers, or staff at rape crisis centers. However, nurses, including sexual assault nurse examiners (SANEs), physicians, law enforcement officers, and mental health practitioners who assist sexual assault victims may also benefit. With a focus on crisis intervention rather than long-term counseling, the training helps participants deepen their understanding of the problem of sexual assault and the roles of an advocate or counselor. Through case studies, role playing, and other interactive exercises, participants gain real-world skills to assist sexual assault victims effectively and sensitively. For more information, visit the OVC TTAC Web site.

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