IPSV

Intimate Partner Sexual Violence

Part 1
WCSAP Webpage
February, 2016

Many young people feel being pressured into having sex or participating in a sexual act before one feels entirely ready is a normal part of growing up; this is especially true if they have received little to no healthy relationship and sex education. However, we know this is a form of sexual violence and advocates working with youth have a unique opportunity to debunk this myth. Every person has complete control over their body and choice with whom and when they decide to hug, kiss, have sex…

Topic
  • Child Sexual Abuse
  • IPSV
  • CSA Prevention
Part 2
WCSAP Webpage
February, 2016

Talking about sexual coercion is part of an advocate’s job, but these conversations do not tend to open up naturally with teens. Many teens will need an advocate who is confident and comfortable creating a space for them to talk openly about their experiences of healthy and unhealthy sex. Educating young people about emergency contraception (EC) is one great way to open these conversations, keep teens safer, and prevent unintended pregnancies. Below are some tips to help every advocate talk…

Topic
  • Child Sexual Abuse
  • IPSV
  • CSA Prevention
2011 Findings
PDF
December, 2014

Having accurate, current statistics about sexual violence prevalence from a respected source is helpful to our work in the anti-sexual violence field. However, it can often be difficult to interpret complex technical research findings. We recently wrote about this in Using Statistics to Support Your Work. This resource includes a fact sheet of NISVS findings about sexual violence. Thankfully, the CDC…

Topic
  • IPSV
It's Over the Counter... Why Not in Your Desk Drawer?
Webinar
June, 2013

Advocates have long relied on emergency contraception as an option for rape survivors. Yet, we know many of the women we work with experience pressure around birth control choices and sex. We don't have to wait for someone to tell us about it. At intake, we can offer information about emergency contraception to everyone we work with. By making contraception available on-site at our programs, we are supporting a woman's control over her body.

Learn about emergency contraception — what…

Topic
  • IPSV
  • Reproductive Coercion
And How It Relates to Other Forms of Teen Dating Violence
PDF
May, 2013

This study looked at the extent of cyber dating abuse and how it relates to dating abuse in general. Here are some key aspects of the study:

  • Various forms of abuse were considered including sexual, psychological, and physical.
  • Youth voluntarily took part in the study while at schools that agreed to participate, in three Northeastern states. Most youth were in high school, lived with both parents, and identified as White and as heterosexual/…
Topic
  • Child Sexual Abuse
  • IPSV
  • Healthy Relationships
WCSAP Webpage
August, 2011

Preparation

  • Set up three large poster boards or flip sheet papers
    • Typical Things Partners Do
    • Not OK, But Not Sexual Coercion or Violence
    • Sexual Coercion or Violence
  • Make two sets of index cards with one of the items from the attached list on each card; also include several blank cards. It may make things simpler if you paperclip each card to its duplicate, since you will need to mix them up and…
Topic
  • IPSV
  • Training Tools
  • Guides & Activities
Be a Leader
WCSAP Webpage
March, 2011

No matter what your formal position, you can be a leader in advocating for services to address Intimate Partner Sexual Violence (IPSV). Often, it takes just one dedicated individual to initiate these much-needed services.

Do your homework

Even if you are a very experienced advocate, it is crucial to educate yourself thoroughly on Intimate Partner Sexual Violence. Two great starting places: the book…

Topic
  • IPSV
  • Support Groups
PDF
March, 2011

Dating violence looks different for teens than it does for adults. Teens often lack access to information and support, they face unique societal pressures, they have limited experience in dating and sexual activity, they lack autonomy in many settings, and the list goes on. Therefore, providing supportive advocacy requires an understanding of youth culture and often requires a different approach. Fortunately, there are a number of resources that have already been developed to support…

Topic
  • IPSV
Webinar
January, 2011

Intimate partner sexual violence (IPSV) is a disturbing reality in the lives of many individuals. Teens are not immune; in fact, they may be at very high risk for sexual assault and coercion within their intimate relationships. This webinar is designed to give advocates tools and resources for working with adolescent IPSV survivors.

Topic
  • IPSV
PDF & Printed Materials
August, 2009

This Guide is a supplement to the Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs' (WCSAP) general guide to psychoeducational support groups, Circle of Hope. Circle of Hope provides excellent information about the nature of psychoeducational groups and how they differ from self-help and therapy groups. In addition, there is information about how to select participants, work with a co-facilitator, establish a curriculum, handle the inevitable concerns that arise in the course of running…

Topic
  • IPSV
  • Support Groups