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.