Supporting Victims

When quality care, compassionate responses, and essential services are provided, victims will be more empowered to meet their individual goals along their healing journey.

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Smart Practice: Key Characteristics of a Skilled Provider Working With Trauma Survivors

  • Understands that certain survivor behaviors are a response to trauma.
  • Is knowledgeable regarding the mental health [and substance abuse] effects of violence and in particular, sexual violence.
  • Is skilled and knowledgeable regarding trauma and trauma treatment.
  • Is able to provide culturally competent services and seeks supervision regarding cultural issues.
  • Is responsive to emergency mental health issues of clients.

Source: Helping Sexual Assault Survivors with Multiple Victimizations and Needs: A Guide for Agencies Serving Sexual Assault Survivors (Davies, 2007) [PDF 331KB]

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