skip navigation

Meeting the Long-Term Health Care Needs of Survivors

Download the publicationThe long-term medical and mental health needs of survivors, as discussed in this issue, are critical and complex. We have included practical resources to assist advocates and other professionals working in the sexual assault field to expand their skills and awareness. We have also included a thought-provoking article about the possible benefits of a holistic health paradigm for healing trauma.

Advocates sometimes feel at a loss about how to effectively help people who are dealing with long-term consequences of abuse or assault, as we are neither therapists nor physicians. An additional goal of this publication is to help advocates challenge their view of medical advocacy. Advocates have a vital role in supporting survivors in the emergency medical setting during the post-assault exam procedure. The advocate serves as a support person, resource provider, and educator. It is inspiring to think about these skill sets being applied outside of the emergency room. Offering this expertise in various settings would provide meaningful help to many survivors who are interacting with the medical system. This extension of the advocacy role affords advocates the opportunity to become even greater allies, enhancing our ability to provide effective systems advocacy and collaboration with other service providers.

Download the publication

Reviewed: July 11th, 2016