For the final two year celebration/posts in review, I want to bring forward one that folks have cited as really useful. This post is focused on alcohol and victim-blame. However, the strategies listed here are great for any type of victim blame, not just when someone has consumed alcohol. One of … [Read more...] about SART Foundations: Addressing Alcohol and Victim Blame
In the two year review, this is another topic that comes up frequently. Let’s talk about about how to have productive disagreement to really shape the experiences of victims/survivors in our communities! Through productive conflict, we can make real change. Coming from the upper Midwest and living … [Read more...] about Agreement Isn’t Always Positive: The Power of Conflict Within Rural Teams
As part of the review of blogs from the last two years, this has been one that I want to bring forward! It is a topic I talk with teams about frequently, and it is worth revisiting! As a SART coordinator, one of my major gripes was around the problem of what I began to refer to as shiny … [Read more...] about The Shiny Problem: Focusing Your Team through Key Questions and Agency Commitment
This post officially marks the end of the second year of the Rural blog! It’s hard to believe that I’ve been writing this blog for two years, but it’s been a good blur. Thank you to everyone who has read, commented, or used the information from these blogs as a way to improve our responses to sexual … [Read more...] about What Topics Do You Want To See?
It’s not just team members and team agencies that experience turnover. A key area of turnover that can be really disruptive to the Sexual Assault Response Team’s (SART) work is the transition with coordinators. Coordinators, leaders, facilitators, whatever your team may call them, serve the critical … [Read more...] about Coordinator Turnover: An Established Team with a New Coordinator
I wanted to spotlight a resource that can be helpful for teams working to address violence within their community. Safe Havens Interfaith Partnership Against Domestic Violence is a tool and resources for those communities that want to work with faith leaders to reduce violence in the … [Read more...] about Resource Spotlight: Safe Havens Interfaith Partnership Against Domestic Violence
In my regular technical assistance and training, the issue of team turnover usually comes up as an issue for Sexual Assault Response Teams (SART). Whenever we talk about the team losing and gaining members, I ask, “What is the team’s turnover plans? Have you discussed how to pass on information?” … [Read more...] about SART Foundations: Developing Turnover Plans
People leave their jobs. Turnover is a fact of life, no matter where you work or what you do. In responding to sexual violence, we know that the turnover rate happens a little faster than some other occupations. This turnover has a deep impact on Sexual Assault Response Teams (SARTs), because teams … [Read more...] about Weigh-In Wednesday: How Does Your Team Handle Turnover?
Guest Blog By Jolene Engelking (SVJI Staff Member) While many Sexual Assault Response Teams (SART) want to do case file review, sometimes the purpose gets lost. One of the common questions SVJI gets from the teams we work with is “What will we actually get from doing this?” There isn’t a set … [Read more...] about Why Should Our SART Do Case File Review?