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Returning and Healing Toolkit

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Date Published
June 2020
64 pages
Produced by the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center, this Returning and Healing Toolkit prepares mainstream rape crisis centers/sexual violence prevention agencies to meet the needs of formerly incarcerated survivors of sexual violence.
This toolkit recognizes that whether sexual-violence victimization occurs to offenders prior to or during incarceration, it is a handicapping traumatic experience that must be addressed for a successful reentry after incarceration. The toolkit provides background information about incarceration and reentry and presents steps for agencies serving formerly incarcerated survivors of sexual violence. The toolkit includes three tip sheets that explain how reentry agencies can ask their clients basic, trauma-informed questions in determining whether sexual violence is an issue that needs to be addressed in reentry casework. The tip sheets provide guidance in conjunction with the Toolkit's two-part Returning and Healing training curriculum. One part of the curriculum provides training in the features of sexual violence and its common impacts on victims, as well as why talking with clients about sexual violence is important in reentry casework. A second phase of the training focuses on how to ask formerly incarcerated clients whether sexual violence is an issue they need to address, along with how to respond to those who indicate they have been sexually victimized. Contact information is provided for training on this issue and other victimization issues.