Sexual violence support services developed out of responding to the needs of survivors in our communities. Decades of working from this client-centered orientation means that service providers have a high level of knowledge about what survivors want. The role of the specialist sexual assault crisis service is crucial for adult survivors. We are there to protect, promote and enhance the well-being of the survivor, including minimising the psychological consequences of the trauma by attending to their emotional and psychological needs, both in and of themselves, and in relation to their journey through legal and medical processes. The Guidelines are intended to present the knowledge and skill of the sector, in relation to what we know works, responding to survivor needs and experiences, as well as add the research evidence-base. This is a living project, so ongoing consultation and research review will be conducted in order to keep it current.
Citation: Wharewera-Mika, J. M. & McPhillips, J. M. "Guidelines for mainstream crisis support services for survivors (round two)". Good Practice Responding to Sexual Violence (2016) http://toahnnestgoodpractice.nz