• Faculty Activities – Various faculty members have written and presented papers on sustainability at national and international conferences and workshops. Participating in a Minimum of 24 Community Awareness Activities
Activities are targeted to include under served communities and diverse populations in our county. The 24 community awareness activities focus on all our programs and services unless we are asked to speak on individual programs.
Community networking promotes community awareness of program services and availability by networking with professionals and leaders in the community.
Developing, building and maintaining Response Teams, which include representatives from victim advocacy, law enforcement, prosecution and healthcare.
Joining community-based collaborations (e.g., disaster preparedness committees, social service consortiums,)
Communicating regularly with staff at local social service agencies, hospital emergency room, law enforcement, state attorney, clerk of court and non-certified victim advocates
Visiting local businesses and dropping off sexual violence materials, event flyers and brochures
Joining local groups and sharing information
Collaboration with other agencies
Training For Professionals and Non-Professionals
“Training” refers to education about available programs/services that are provided to professional and non-professional audiences.
Trainers must be competent in the following content areas:
Dynamics of each of our programs and all services that we offer
Relevant community resources
Medical, criminal justice/legal and social service victim response
Training Sites Include:
Social service agencies and organizations
Educational institutions, including daycare centers
Law enforcement agencies
Legal – (e.g.. legal associations, clerk-of-court or prosecutors)
Clubs (e.g., League, Kiwanis, Rotary, Senior Center, LGBTQ, 4-H)
Local businesses (e.g., provide sexual violence training to employees)
Churches (e.g., provide training to congregations and/or religious leaders)
Participation in Community Events
Program staff are involved in events throughout the community. Participation in community events often includes a table with promotional and informational items containing (at minimum) program names and hotline number, program materials and program brochures. Examples of community events: Festivals
Social service outreach (career day open house)
School events (sports events or campus clubs/activities>
Sexual Assault Awareness Month activities/li>
Getting the word out will increase community awareness of programs and available services. Things to consider for public speaking: Keep an agency speakers bureau – the list should include advocacy core trained staff and volunteers with public speaking experience, their areas of specialization and general availability
Advertise your availability to speak on the topic of sexual violence
Call potential sponsors for speaking engagements
Seek opportunities to speak at community events
Set up interviews for local television and radio programs
Submit workshop proposals for conferences
Distribution of Materials Programs should routinely distribute program materials to local businesses, churches, social service agencies, hospitals, law enforcement, court and legal personnel, clubs, schools and civic organizations. Things to consider:
Materials should include information about all available programs as well as defined programs best suited for visit. Include on materials hotline and office telephone numbers, hours and location of services and website address.
The community should be informed of materials that are available for distribution and a mechanism established to request material
Drop off materials at local businesses (e.g., hotline tear off sheets, event flyers, program brochures)
Contact law enforcement on a regular basis to check on the status of the “Victim Rights and Services” brochure. Responding officers are required to give the brochure to victims
Develop materials that will be accessible to all members of your community
Information technology is a means of sharing sexual violence materials and program services with the community. Site-based libraries, web-based resources and links and community-based libraries are all sources for resource sharing. Suggestions for resource libraries and sharing include: