Resources Library: Advocates

Trauma-Informed Birth Support: Survivor + Doula + Advocate

Added Monday, July 20, 2015 by Action Alliance

This pamphlet reviews the connections between pregnancy, childbirth, and trauma, and offers information, resources, and tips for advocates and birth doulas to support trauma-informed birth experiences for survivors of domestic violence.  Published by the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence

Tribal Implementation of VAWA

Added Monday, October 02, 2017 by Action Alliance

This page from the National Congress of American Indians helps to briefly review the application of VAWA as it relates to Tribal communities. Their intent is to push for more inclusion of tribe rights and power to enforce legal and community action towards those who are not included in the VAWA understanding of sexual violence. Current law only allows for tribes to act to address domestic violence towards women only, and limits the ability to prosecute offenders who are not tribal members.

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Understanding P.E.R.K. Exams and Your Options After a Sexual Assault

Added Friday, January 06, 2012 by Action Alliance

A palm card for survivors of sexual assault that provides information on P.E.R.K. exams, including "What is a P.E.R.K.?", "Do I have to have a P.E.R.K.?", "Who will pay for the exam?", "What do I need to know if I am considering having a P.E.R.K.?"

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Use of Surveillance Cameras Inside Shelters Run by SDVAs

Added Tuesday, July 07, 2020 by Action Alliance

Across the U.S., there has been an increase in the use of video camera surveillance. Individuals are using these in their homes or just outside of the home to deter crime or monitor their homes while away. As with any technology, there are empowering uses and risks.

Recently, the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV), a partner and technical assistance provider for the Action Alliance, notified us that they have been receiving requests for information about the use of surveillance cameras inside shelter spaces. We have created some rough guidance for you based on
Virginia-specific laws (where applicable) and the experiences of Action Alliance staff to help you determine if this is the right path for your agency to take.

To view the recorded webinar, follow this link. For additional resources, see below.

VA, DOD study a major breakthrough for understanding PTSD

Added Monday, April 03, 2017 by Action Alliance

Researchers from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Department of Defense (DOD) recently released findings of a new study called Prospective Post-Traumatic Stress disorder Symptom Trajectories in Active Duty and Separated Military Personnel, which examines Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) symptoms in Veterans, compared with active-duty populations.

This is the first known study comparing PTSD symptom trajectories of current service members with those of Veterans, and is the product of a collaborative effort from VA and DOD researchers analyzing data from the Millennium Cohort Study (MCS), the largest prospective health study of military service members.

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To learn more about the study itself, click here.