Strengthening Our Practice

Resource Sharing Project

Link to PDF (44 pages) also available in Español

This detailed guide outlines the following advocacy skills:

  1. Advocates understand sexual violence, including the intersections and differences with domestic violence and other types of violence.
  2. Advocates know the effects of trauma on survivors.
  3. Advocates acknowledge and own their personal beliefs about and experiences with sexual violence.
  4. Advocates show respect and caring.
  5. Advocates encourage survivors’ self-determination and autonomy. Advocates collaborate with survivors.
  6. Advocates assess the situation and respond appropriately.
  7. Advocates create safe avenues for conversation.
  8. Advocates employ culturally relevant responses.
  9. Advocates engage in self-reflection and evaluation of services.
  10. Advocates care for one another and ourselves.