Resources Library: For Victims/Survivors

Advocacy in Virginia 2022

Added Wednesday, December 31, 1969 by Action Alliance

Virginia's Sexual and Domestic Violence advocates are our community's front-line responders to survivors of violence. They provide not only crisis response and shelter for survivors, but also assistance to meet financial, housing, employment, and legal services needs.

With the continued struggles brought on by the COVID-19 global pandemic, survivors' need for critical services from sexual and domestic violence agencies did not wane. Despite being short staffed, having difficulty maintaining 24/7 shelter coverage, budget cuts, and changes in community partnerships and resources, advocates remained on the front lines to meet survivors' needs, maintaining virtual support opportunities, ongoing safety planning, including better understanding the safer use of technology, and building better relationships with community partners.

Action Alliance staff chose to take a more in depth look at the impact of services on the experiences of survivors since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Take a look at the summary report that demonstrates the continued need for the vital advocacy services provided by sexual and domestic violence advocates around the commonwealth.

Assets for Independence Resource Center: Domestic Violence Survivors

Added Tuesday, June 28, 2016 by Action Alliance

The Assets for Independence Resource Center (AFI) is housed under the Administration for Children and Families under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  The AFI Resource Center provides information on AFI programs and Individual Development Accounts (IDAs).  The AFI Resource Center provides a Domestic Violence Survivors Toolkit which includes information for service providers and survivors about how financial independence can be a pathway out of an abusive relationship.  The information on the AFI Resource Center website includes asset building strategies for survivors and how AFI staff and service providers can collaborate to bring IDAs to survivors.

Assistance With Protective Orders - I-CAN! Virginia FAQ’s

Added Monday, February 10, 2014 by Office of the Executive Secretary

I-CAN! Virginia is a free online tool that helps a person complete the forms necessary to ask the court for a protective order. These frequently asked questions provide answers to questions regarding how the program works.  

Booklet: Finding Safety—Support During or After Living with an Abusive Partner

Added Thursday, October 13, 2011 by Action Alliance

A handbook for people who are currently living with an abusive partner and/or have left an abusive partner. Topics addressed include: What is Abuse? How Does Abuse Affect You? Being Safe; Getting Help; Helping Your Children and Family Members; Allowing Time to Heal.

English and Spanish versions.

Published by Virginia Sexual & Domestic Violence Action Alliance.

12 pages.

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Brochure: But I Haven’t Been Hit…

Added Thursday, October 13, 2011 by Action Alliance

For people who are or have been emotionally abused by an intimate partner.

English and Spanish versions.

Published by the Virginia Sexual & Domestic Violence Action Alliance.

Tri-fold brochure.

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