For Advocates

As an advocate for survivors of sexual violence, your role is unique and critically important. Unlike other professionals involved in responding to the crime of sexual violence, advocates approach all survivors by believing them, by advocating for their rights and needs, and by working to empower them in their efforts toward recovery and healing. Advocates interact with survivors and their loved ones at numerous points in the aftermath of violence, including in the hospital, within the criminal justice system, on the phone, and within rape crisis programs and affiliated agencies throughout Ohio. Finally, advocates are uniquely positioned to intervene at any point in the survivor’s recovery process, from immediately following the crime to decades later. The impact advocates have in the lives of survivors and their loved ones cannot be overstated.

It is OAESV’s mission to support the work of advocates across Ohio. On this page, you will find links to a variety of resources intended to make your work as an advocate more informed, effective,
and satisfying. Additionally, OAESV’s Statewide Outreach Manager is available to provide support, consultation, training and technical assistance to address your specific needs. For more information or to request assistance, please contact Becky Perkins at


Resources for Advocates



Anti-Oppression Resource for Rape Crisis Centers

OAESV’s Core Standards for Rape Crisis Programs in Ohio

Excellence in Advocacy: A Victim-Centered Approach

Administrative Toolkit for Rape Crisis Center managers



Self-Care and Trauma Work

Self-Care Assessment Worksheet

Organizational and Personal Self-Care Assessment Tools



Crime Against Persons with Disabilities, 2009-2011

Violent Crime Against Youth, 1994-2010

2010 National Intimate Partner & Sexual Violence Survey Executive Summary

Toolkit for Helping Advocates to Communicate Info about the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey to Stakeholders

Brochure: Did You Know Sexual and Intimate Partner Violence Affects Your Health?

National Institute of Justice Webinar: The Neurobiology of Sexual Assault



The Facts on Violence Against American Indian/Alaskan Native Women

Victimization and Trauma Experienced by Children and Youth: Implications for Legal Advocates

Tip Sheet on Designing Accessible Events for People with Disabilities

Guide for Collaboration Between Rape Crisis, Domestic Violence and Disabilities Organizations

Multidisciplinary Response to Crime Victims with Disabilities

Islamic Marriage Contracts: A Resource Guide for Legal Professionals, Advocates, Imams & Communities

Comprehensive Information on Sexual Violence in LGBTQI Communities

Special Report on Victimization by Sexual Orientation, from the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey

Sexual Violence & Individuals Who Identify as LGBTQ Information Packet from NSVRC

Comprehensive Information on Preventing and Responding to Domestic and Sexual Violence in Later Life

Training Video from the Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices: Employers Should Not Reverify Permanent Resident Cards

Comprehensive Information on Immigrant Women and Sexual Violence

National Survey of Service Providers on Police Response to Immigrant Crime Victims, U Visa Certification and Language Access from the National Immigrant Women’s Advocacy Project

Factsheet about Latinas and Sexual Violence

Marketing Toolkit for Reaching Latino Victims of Sexual Violence

Factsheet about Sexual Violence in Communities of Color

Factsheet about Male Survivors of Sexual Assault

Outreach to Underserved Teen Victims of Crime

Directory of Resources on Human Trafficking

Human Trafficking Tools for Service Providers

Assisting Trafficking Victims Information Packet from NSVRC



History of the Crime Victim’s Movement

Research on the Effectiveness of Rape Victim Advocates

The Effectiveness of Sexual Assault Services in Multi-Service Agencies

EVAWI Training Bulletin Follow-Up: More On Advocates, Routine Notification, and HIPAA



Comprehensive Information about Developing and Supporting a Sexual Assault Response Team

Building Stronger Services Through Collaboration

Link to SART Protocols in Numerous States

SART Readiness Assessment

Cambria County Sexual Assault Protocol and Anonymous Reporting of Sexual Assault Protocol

Enhancing Sexual Assault Services



OAESV Fact Sheet: Developing Effective Responses to High Profile Cases

Tips for Nonprofits to Using Social Media

Introduction to General Media Literacy

An Advocates Guide to Help Prepare Survivors for Public Speaking

Communicating with Policymakers: Delivery Tips 101

Insight About Recanting, Victim Privacy in Sexual Abuse Cases



Catalog of Online and Print Training Materials

Downloadable/Printable Training Manual for Basic Sexual Assault Counselor/Advocate Training