Presented by: Sue Levine, BA
Sexual abuse is one of the most common forms of domestic violence yet one that is often not identified or addressed by domestic violence service providers. In fact, at least 60% of domestic violence survivors are also survivors of sexual assault. There are higher rates of severe injury and fatality when sexual assault is involved. An estimated 25-30% of all rapes are committed by current or former husbands or intimate partners. Knowing whether there is sexual abuse and forced sex in a violent relationship is a key factor in risk assessment, safety planning and meeting the needs of survivors of intimate partner violence. Workshop attendees will be able to describe the nature and prevalence of Intimate Partner Sexual Violence (IPSV); Identify the dynamics and impact of IPSV and the specific challenges faced by survivors including those with disabilities, male survivors, and by those in same-sex relationships and forced/arranged marriage; Learn screening questions and techniques to enhance the identification of IPSV; and share strategies for supporting and providing services for survivors through enhanced coordination between Domestic Violence and Sexual Violence programs.
5 DVS Credits: Sex Abuse