Resources Library: For Victims/Survivors

Immigrant Families & Public Benefits: Under a New Presidential Administration

Added Tuesday, May 02, 2017 by Virginia Poverty Law Center

Recent changes to immigration enforcement have resulted in social services agencies across Virginia reporting decreased numbers of immigrant families requesting access to services. Some immigrant families even seek to withdraw their U.S.-born children from crucial benefits for which they are eligible due to fear of immigration enforcement. This PDF document is from a webinar given on March 31, 2017, to discuss changes in the immigration enforcement landscape, its impact on immigrant communities, immigrants' eligibility for public benefits for themselves and their U.S.-born children and strategies to encourage immigrant families to continue to access public benefits for which they are eligible. The webinar was sponsored by the Virginia League of Social Services Executives, Legal Aid Justice Center, Virginia Poverty Law Center and the Virginia State Bar Access to Justice Committee.

Legal Advocacy Manual 2013

Added Tuesday, July 30, 2013 by Virginia Poverty Law Center

The Legal Advocacy Manual provides victim advocates (as well as victims) with a comprehensive guide to help domestic and sexual violence victims in Virginia through some of the legal processes in which they may become involved. It provides both basic and intermediate levels of information about legal advocacy--what it is, the difference between civil and criminal justice systems, definitions of commonly used legal terms, and how to avoid the unauthorized practice of law, among other topics.  The manual offers context for the emotional, logistical, and legal hurdles involved in protective orders, criminal prosecutions, visa applications, and divorces. It is 76 pages long and is in PDF form.  Susheela Varky of Virginia Poverty Law Center updated it in June 2013 for recent changes in the law. Ms. Varky has used the manual as a resource for in-person trainings geared to victim advocates, and is available to tailor such trainings for your local Virginia domestic or sexual violence program.

LGBT DV: Beyond the Wheel - Tactics of Abuse

Added Monday, May 22, 2017 by Action Alliance

This document, developed and produced by The NW Network of Bisexual, Trans, Lesbian, and Gay Survivors of Abuse, takes a deeper look beyond the power and control wheel to dig deeper into tactics of abuse often used against people within the LGBTQ community.

LGBTQ Survivor Handbook

Added Friday, August 01, 2014 by Action Alliance

This booklet was created by the Virginia Anti-Violence Project and is designed to help LGBTQ people who are experiencing/have experienced violence in their lives and/or their support people to better understand what is happening and how it impacts LGBTQ people. This booklet also offers resources and options for survivors.

Lifetime Spiral of Gender Violence

Added Friday, October 17, 2014 by Action Alliance

Illustration describing the violence that may happen throughout the lives of Asian and Pacific Islander women during the life stages of infancy, childhood, adolescence, young adulthood, adulthood, and later life.  Included are translated versions of the Lifetime Spiral in Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Punjabi, Tagalog and Vietnamese.  All translated versions have the English version on the reverse page.

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