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Read our latest newsletter: February 2017.

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"Educating our communities and elected officials about the needs of survivors in our local cities and towns requires year round focus. JDI is our pathway to informing and influencing the state and national agenda to end sexual and domestic violence." ~ Karen Cavanaugh, Executive Director of Womanshelter/Companeras. PICTURE: Staff from The Center for Hope & Healing with Attorney General Maura Healey at JDI Advocacy Day.

School Policies

We have listed a few resources to help you develop policies for your school regarding sexual harassment, sexual and domestic violence and stalking.  Your local rape crisis center and domestic violence programs are great resources and potential collaborators as you design and implement these policies.

A Safer Campus: A Guidebook for Prevention and Response to Sexual and Intimate Partner Violence and Stalking
Produced in Ohio by a statewide task force, this guidebook identifies key best practices for short and long term action recommendations for colleges and universities to implement in four focused areas: Preparedness, Prevention, Response and Recovery. Although Ohio-specific, this is a resource that could be beneficial for any college or university if looking to create or improve their response plan.

Beyond Title IX: Guidelines for Preventing and Responding to Gender-based Violence in Higher Education
Created from discussions from a national campus advisory board sponsored by Futures Without Violence and the Avon Foundation in 2012, this document goes beyond the legal requirements that campuses have in responding to reports of sexual assault and has recommendations and guidelines on creating best practices and multidisciplinary teams to prevent and respond to campus sexual violence. This document could be beneficial to coalitions and local advocates looking to assist campuses in improving their responses to sexual assault.

Campus Sexual Assault Policies
Written by the Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs ( 2011), this document looks at common missteps of campuses when responding to sexual violence, identifies promising practices that colleges and universities are implementing and concludes with a section on tips for advocates in working with campuses.

CALCASA-Campus Crime: Sexual Assault of Students with Disabilities
Hosted by Campus Connect, a project of CalCASA (California Coalition Against Sexual Assault) in 2001, this presentation is geared towards college administrators and has information on how sexual violence on campus impacts students with disabilities, and best practices on how to respond.

Confronting Sexual Violence on the College Campus  (Webinar)
Conducted by the Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs (2010), this webinar provides guidance on creating an effective campus response to sexual violence by supporting a sustained commitment to prevention and a determined response to specific cases when they occur. Both prevention and response efforts are enhanced by a clear understanding of the dynamics of victim response and of offenders' behavior. This presentation focuses on the behaviors and characteristics of men who commit rapes on college campuses. Understanding offender behavior is a crucial step in shaping effective and appropriately targeted prevention programming, as well as in guiding an institution's response to specific cases of rape.

National Campus Safety Awareness Month 2010: Coming Together to Strengthen Campus Communities
Created by Security on Campus (2010), this toolkit includes a sample proclamation to be customized by universities, program ideas for awareness activities and events throughout the month of September and beyond, and product information for National Campus Safety Awareness Month materials.  

Created by the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault, NotAlone.gov provides schools with the latest information about the laws, model policies and procedures, and prevention resources.

Recommendations to the White House Task Force to Protect Students From Sexual Assault
Created by the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape & National Sexual Violence Resource Center (2014), this list of recommendations gives recommendations on institutional policies and protocols to address sexual assault in the following areas: coordination and collaboration; recruitment and admissions; crisis intervention and advocacy services; victim notification; complaint and grievance procedures; and investigation protocols.

Recommended Guidelines for Comprehensive Sexual Assault Response and Prevention on Campus
Issued by the Oregon Attorney General's Sexual Assault Task Force (2006), this set of guidelines can be a resource for any state looking to create strategies for comprehensive response and prevention to sexual assault on campus. It provides definitions for the terms sexual assault, prevention, and an explanation of cultural competency. It provides information on administrative support, advocacy, awareness/ education etc.

Development and Evaluation of Sexual Violence/Harassment Prevention Programs
Sexual Violence/Harassment Prevention Programs in Middle Schools, Wellsley Centers for Women. This study is designed to help increase the capacity of programs to prevent sexual violence and harassment. The long-term goal/objective of this study is to help prevent intimate partner violence, sexual violence, and sexual harassment by employing the most rigorous methods to evaluate strategies for altering the violence-supportive attitudes and norms of youth.

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