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Responding to a Sexual Assault Disclosure: Practice Tips

This is a series of practice tips shared from EVA BC for responding to disclosures of sexual assault that were developed as part of their Western Canada Sexual Assault Initiative funded by Status of Women Canada. They are tailored to various sectors that include anti-violence workers, Indigenous services, child protection workers, settlement services, police, sheriffs, legal services, physicians, nurses, paramedics, high schools and universities.

The Practice Tips include information about sexual assault, why it can be difficult for survivors to disclose and common responses of survivors. Tips for responders include the key practices in offering an empowering response when someone discloses, disclosure and reporting options, and resources for survivors.

The goal in sharing best practices with responders from different sectors is to improve the response of every system for sexual assault survivors as they navigate through a variety of systems.

Download Practice Tips for High Schools (pdf)

Download Practice Tips for Universities and Colleges (pdf)

Download Practice Tips for Indigenous Services (pdf)

Download Practice Tips for Legal Services (pdf)

Download Practice Tips for Nurses (pdf)

Download Practice Tips for Paramedics (pdf)

Download Practice Tips for Physicians (pdf)

Download Practice Tips for Police (pdf)

Download Practice Tips for Settlement Services (pdf)

Download Practice Tips for Sheriffs (pdf)

Download Practice Tips for Anti-Violence Workers (pdf)

Download Practice Tips for Child Protection Workers (pdf)