Resources for Advocates

The New York State Training and Technical Assistance Center

The New York State Training and Technical Assistance Center provides training and technical assistance for rape crisis and sexual violence programs who work with victims and survivors of sexual violence in New York State, with a focus on providing support on “Enough is Enough” programming. The Center is a joint partnership between the New York State Coalition Against Sexual Assault (NYSCASA) and the New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault (the Alliance) to support the NYS Department of Health Rape Crisis and Enough is Enough Programs.

Black Women’s Blueprint Training Institute for Gender and Cultural Competence

Steeped in various feminist traditions and honoring transnational liberatory models, the BWB Training Institute For Gender and Cultural Competence brings culturally specific, structurally competent, in-depth intersectional analysis and expertise to you, the way you want it. Whether new to the field or a long-time advocate, you can engage in learning exchanges, seminars, workshops, webinars, podcasts and teach-ins that center survivors,  survivor informed and current practices, debates and innovations to prevent sexual violence.

Exploring Human Trafficking: Identifying Survivors

In recognition of Human Trafficking Awareness Month, which occurs every January, Casa de Esperanza has released this overview of the topic for advocates and other direct service providers to use in their work to increase awareness about human trafficking and identify potential survivors. Read more.

Engaging Boys and Men: Coaching Boys into Men

Athletic coaches play an extremely influential and unique role in the lives of young men, often serving as a parent or mentor to the boys they coach. Because of these special relationships, coaches are uniquely poised to positively influence how young men think and behave both on, and off, the field. FUTURES WITHOUT VIOLENCE’s Coaching Boys into Men (CBIM) program facilitates these connections by providing high school athletic coaches with the resources they need to promote respectful behavior among their players and help prevent relationship abuse, harassment, and sexual assault. For more than a decade, the program has been implemented in communities across the U.S. and around the world. From Sacramento and Dallas, to India and South Africa, the program’s messages have proven universal. The CBIM curriculum consists of a series of coach-to-athlete trainings that illustrate ways to model respect and promote healthy relationships.

Resources for advocates:

It’s On Us Virtual Series: Engaging Men in the Movement to Combat Sexual Assault

The goals of this virtual series are to:

  • Discuss the role of student athletes in combatting sexual assault and supporting survivors 
  • Learn ways to engage boys and young men in sexual assault prevention from a young age
  • Discuss the stigmas surrounding male survivors and survivors of color
  • Learn ways to tackle toxic masculinity and the role it plays in supporting survivors

Webinar recordings:

New York State Office of Victim Services (OVS) Compensation Training Series

The New York State Office of Victim Services (OVS) released a new series of training videos designed for advocates and other professionals who assist individuals and their families with obtaining services, support and financial assistance in the aftermath of a crime. The OVS Compensation Training Series features eleven YouTube videos that outline assistance available from the agency and offer detailed instructions for filing claims so eligible individuals can receive help with crime-related expenses, including medical, counseling and moving bills, and funeral and burial costs, among other assistance.

The new videos are intended to complement monthly, in-person compensation training offered by the agency with informative tutorials on specific topics. The OVS Compensation Training Series features eleven topics:
  • OVS History
  • Introduction to Claims
  • Personal Injury Claims
  • Essential Personal Property Claims
  • Death Claims
  • Domestic Violence Reimbursement Rules
  • Medical Expenses Reimbursement Rules
  • Financial Loss Reimbursement Rules
  • Child Victim Reimbursement Rules
  • Rehabilitation Services Reimbursement Rules
  • Claim Application Review

Additional information, including a press release regarding the availability of these videos is online here.

TeleSAFE Program from United Concierge Medicine

The mission of United Concierge Medicine’s (UCM) TeleSAFE Program is to provide comprehensive, compassionate care via telemedicine 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to any victim of sexual assault or abuse, regardless of the health care facility to which they present. With UCM’s TeleSAFE program, your hospital can rapidly implement a successful SAFE solution for your Emergency Department. (Fact Sheet/Flyer)


VAPConnect is a forum for OVS-funded Victim Assistance Programs (VAPs) to come together, network, and share valuable information and best practices with one another, while also staying in touch with the latest updates from OVS. You can also learn more about how to use VAP Connect by viewing the recently recorded VAP Connect Launch Q&A Webinar. Staff at OVS-funded VAPs can sign up here:

VAWnet: A Project of the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence

VAWnet is an online network focused on violence against women and other forms of gender-based violence. VAWnet has long been identified as an unparalleled, comprehensive, go-to source of information and resources for anti-violence advocates, human service professionals, educators, faith leaders, and others interested in ending domestic and sexual violence.

Visit VAWnet to browse resources in the following categories:

VAWnet has also created a series of special collections, which are organized lists of select resources on specific topics related to gender-based violence that provide contextual information to encourage critical analysis, including:

 Get Help

If you have been sexually assaulted, call the New York State Hotline for Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence.


 Find Crisis Centers

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