Abuse & Sexual Assault - Mental Health

Sexual assault can take several forms, but is regarded as any type of unwanted sexual contact by one person, where the other person has not given their consent. This can include forced or coerced sexual intercourse, sexual contact with a minor or child, and intimate-partner sexual assault. Often times, the abuser feels justified in their actions and is not concerned that the violence will be reported. Victims of sexual assault can be both male and female, and the abuse may result in not only physical harm but also mental and emotional. Are you looking for more information regarding various types of sexual abuse? Or do you wish to report a friend, child, or neighbor whom you think may be in need of help or protection, but don’t know who to call? Would you like to seek care and treatment following an incident of sexual abuse? Kinjunxion is here to help with empathetic and understanding sources of support and information.

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Violence Against Women and Mental Health

Too prevalent to ignore : violence against women, its prevalence, and health consequences / García-Moreno, C., Stockl, H. -- Gender-based violence in the Middle-East : a review / Madi Skaff, J. -- Violence against women in Latin America / Gaviria A., S.L. -- Violence against women in south Asia / Niaz, U. -- Violence against women in Europe : magnitude and the mental health consequences described by different data sources / Helweg-Larsen, K. -- Intimate partner violence as a risk factor for mental health in South Africa / Jewkes, R. -- Intimate partner violence and mental health / Oram, S., Howard, L.M. -- Sexual assault and women's mental health / Martin, S.L., Parcesepe, A.M. -- Child sexual abuse of girls / MacMillan, H.L., Wathen, C.N. -- Sexual violence and armed conflict : a systematic review of psychosocial support interventions / Stavrou, V. -- Abuse and trafficking among female migrants and refugees / Kastrup, M. -- Abuse in doctor-patient relationships / Tschan, W. -- Workplace harassment based on sex : a risk factor for women's mental health / Cortina, L.M., Leskinen, E.A. -- Violence against women and suicidality : does violence cause suicidal behaviour? / Devries, K.M., Seguin, M. -- Violence against women suffering from severe psychiatric illness / Rondon, M.B. -- Violence against women and mental health : conclusions / García-Moreno, C., Riecher-Rössler, A.

Surviving Sexual Violence

A Guide to Recovery and Empowerment

Explains the range of different sexual violations, from harassment in the workplace and marital rape to sexual violence in the military and childhood sexual abuse; and offers tips from experts in the field on various modes of recovery including mind-body practices, psychoeducation, spirituality/religion, and journaling.

The Trauma of Sexual Assault

Treatment, Prevention and Practice

The psycho-social needs of victims of rape and sexual assault are increasingly recognised and there is a need for a critical synthesis of knowledge and practice to support the development of training and best practice in the mental health and sexual health professions. The Trauma of Sexual Assault provides an understanding of the theoretical underpinning of the wide range of clinical problems that can follow sexual assault. Focusing on adult victims of sexual assault, this book brings together research findings, theoretical perspectives and implications for treatment, longer term management, and future policy. * The first text to consider the psychological impact of sexual assault on women and men * Incorporates a comprehensive flow-through model of psychological and social management from the initial presentation of the assaulted person onwards * A much needed reference, accessible to a wide range of professionals Part of the Wiley Series in Clinical Psychology

Guidelines for Medico-legal Care for Victims of Sexual Violence

"The guidelines aim to improve professional health services for all individuals who have been victims of sexual violence by providing health care workers with the knowledge and skills that are necessary for the management of victims; standards for the provision of both health care and forensic services to victims; and guidance on the establishment of health care and forensic services for victims"--Publisher website.

ABC of Domestic and Sexual Violence

ABC of Domestic and Sexual Violence is a practical guidefor all health care professionals who are looking after abusedindividuals (whether knowingly or not) and who wish to learn morein order to help their patients. It employs a positive and hands onapproach, emphasising simple history taking skills and clinical‘tips’ and pitfalls to help demystify what is oftenconsidered a sensitive or difficult subject area. This new ABC title covers background and epidemiology, including:international and cultural perspectives, common presentations, howto identify abuse, and guidance on subsequent acute and longer-termmedical and psychosocial interventions. It provides guidance onlegal perspectives including documentation and sources of help andadvice. While focusing mainly on women, it will also cover aspectsrelating to children and men. It also incorporates victimtestimonies and case scenarios throughout. From a multidisciplinary team of contributors ABC of Domesticand Sexual Violence is ideal for all general practitioners,accident and emergency, practice nurses, health visitors, midwives,social workers, and other primary and secondary care health careprofessionals.

Resilience and Mental Health

Challenges Across the Lifespan

Humans are remarkably resilient in the face of crises, traumas, disabilities, attachment losses and ongoing adversities. To date, most research in the field of traumatic stress has focused on neurobiological, psychological and social factors associated with trauma-related psychopathology and deficits in psychosocial functioning. Far less is known about resilience to stress and healthy adaptation to stress and trauma. This book brings together experts from a broad array of scientific fields whose research has focused on adaptive responses to stress. Each of the five sections in the book examines the relevant concepts, spanning from factors that contribute to and promote resilience, to populations and societal systems in which resilience is employed, to specific applications and contexts of resilience and interventions designed to better enhance resilience. This will be suitable for clinicians and researchers who are interested in resilience across the lifespan and in response to a wide variety of stressors.

Medical Response to Child Sexual Abuse

A Resource for Professionals Working with Children and Families

Medical Response to Child Sexual Abuse: A Resource for Professionals Working with Children and Families features a completely pediatric focus as a part of the new Sexual Assault line and adds an illustrative multimedia component. This text builds on the academic foundation of the original Sexual Assault by expanding the amount of pediatric-specific content and adding written and video "how-to" components. Including chapters with dedicated focuses on aspects such as basic anogenital anatomy, the medical approach to evaluating victims of abuse, sexually transmitted infections, and many more, this text examines both the technical and practical elements of working with abused, assaulted, or exploited children.

Men's Violence Against Women

Theory, Research, and Activism

This text offers a balance of clinical and social psychological theory and research, as well as prevention and intervention techniques with the purpose of understanding and ultimately ending gender-based violence. The authors address several forms of violence, including rape, intimate partner violence, stalking, and sexual harassment in a contemporary linguistic style carefully crafted to avoid victim blaming. Although most men do not perpetrate violence against women, such violence is not a “women’s” issue; it will take the strength and courage of both women and men to solve this human issue. This book moves full circle in its coverage of the topic as it explores the silent epidemic of men’s violence against women, the grave consequences of this violence on both individuals and society, and the historical and current foundations that serve to both criminalize and tolerate men’s violence against women. The authors describe a variety of efforts to treat both offenders and victims highlighting both their vital importance and their insufficiency in preventing violence. The final part of the book contains descriptions of model violence prevention approaches and techniques for implementing these programs. Readers are empowered as they discover how they can be part of the solution. Men's Violence Against Women is intended as a text for courses in gender-based violence in a variety of disciplines including psychology, sociology, and women's, men's, and/or gender studies. The book is also a valuable resource for college and community gender-based violence prevention and intervention program providers.

Sexual Abuse in the Lives of Women Diagnosed withSerious Mental Illness

Although a substantial amount of media and professional attention has been devoted to the incidence of sexual abuse in the population at large, the plight of those who have suffered abuse and are seriously mentally ill has largely been ignored. Adding to the existing literature on trauma, this book exposes the prevalence of physical and emotional abuse among severely mentally ill patients, and includes case studies that reveal its tragic and devastating impact. Offering chapters on theory and assessment of abused women, this book explores services that are available to them, discusses treatment (including inpatient and cognitive-behavioral approaches), and addresses recommendations for the improvement of both policy and research.

Healing Sex

A Mind-Body Approach to Healing Sexual Trauma

Healing Sex is the encouraging, sex-positive guide for all women survivors of sexual assault - heterosexual, bisexual, lesbian, coupled, and single - who want to delight in their own sexuality. While most books on the topic broach sexuality to reassure women that it's all right to say ''no'' to unwanted sex, Healing Sex encourages women to learn how to say ''yes'' - to their own desires and on their own terms

The Sexual Trauma Workbook for Teen Girls

A Guide to Recovery from Sexual Assault and Abuse

The Sexual Trauma Workbook for Teen Girls offers healing, real-life stories from survivors and powerful, evidence-based tools to help you reclaim your life after sexual abuse or trauma. If you’ve been sexually abused or experienced sexual trauma, you may feel confused, angry, ashamed, and unable to move forward emotionally. You're not alone. Like many teens who’ve been abused, you may be tempted to keep the secret locked deep inside and feel uncomfortable discussing your struggles with others. If so, this book can help you find your voice. This empowering workbook will help you move past your trauma and serve as a comforting reminder that you are strong and resilient. Healing is possible—and with healing, comes victory. In this book, you’ll find true stories from other teen survivors, and in reading the stories you’ll find reassurance in knowing you aren’t alone in your experiences. You’ll also find practical and proven-effective strategies and exercises to help promote emotional healing and reclaim your sense of self. Sexual abuse or trauma may be a part of your past, but it doesn’t need to define who you are now. This book will help you as you start on the path toward healing so you can move forward with confidence.

You Can Help

A Guide for Family & Friends of Survivors of Sexual Abuse and Assault

You Can Help offers concrete tools to family and friends who wish to participate in the healing process of someone who has been sexually victimized. In Part One, the author chronicles her own journey to recovery while providing pragmatic advice and essential data from numerous experts in the field. Each chapter is followed by "Five Practical Tips." Part Two is comprised of inspirational stories by 19 other survivors of both abuse and assault (8 men and 11 women) who share what was most helpful and hurtful in their own recoveries. Besides empowering family and friends, You Can Help is a valuable asset for arming survivors in their battle against shame and is an important educational resource for professionals who work with trauma. You Can Help enables readers to: (1) BREAK THE SILENCE (silence is the biggest obstacle to recovery) (2) LEARN about the complex consequences of sexual trauma, including PTSD (3) ASSIST SURVIVORS in regaining trust, confidence, and joy.

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Surviving sexual abuse

Nina's Place - Regional Sexual Assault / Domestic Violence Care Centre - Joseph Brant Hospital

If you are in immediate danger call 911;
* If you have experienced sexual assault or domestic violence within the past 12 days, go to Joseph Brant Hospital Emergency Dept and ask for Nina's Place
* If your assault was greater than 12 days but less than 2 years, and you would like counselling, contact the Nina's Place trauma informed Social Worker at 905-681-4880

A sexual assault/domestic violence crisis centre providing specialized health care to any survivor who has experienced a recent sexual assault (within the past 12 days) and/or domestic violence
* specially-trained nurses are on call Mon-Sun 24 hours

Major services:
* a physical exam and treatment of any physical injuries
* testing and prevention for possible pregnancy
* testing and preventive treatment of sexually transmitted infections
* crisis intervention
* risk assessment and safety planning
* documentation and/or photographing of any injuries
* collection of forensic evidence of the assault for 6-month storage or immediate release to police
* providing information about navigating the legal system and reporting options
* follow-up medical care, counselling and referral to community agencies
* links to community resources such as Halton Region Sexual Health Clinic, Halton Women's Place, Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention Services (SAVIS)
* a sensitivity to race, gender, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status and/or abilities of individuals will be maintained

* support, welcome, and advocate for survivors of all genders, sexualities, races, abilities, religions, and cultural backgrounds
* clients may consent to all or parts of the offered care options
* clients have the choice whether to involve the police or not

Sexual Assault & Violence Intervention Services of Halton - Sexual Assault & Violence Intervention Services of Halton, Burlington Satellite Office - Unpublished - Burlington Satellite Office - Unpublished

An agency that provides free, confidential, non-judgmental, 24 hour support and counselling services for male, female and transgender survivors of violence including childhood sexual abuse.

* this Burlington location is one of 5 SAVIS offices that are located in Halton
* other locations include Oakville , Milton , Acton and Georgetown
* call the main intake and information number at 905-825-3622 to arrange an appointment at this location

Services include:
* 24-hour crisis line
* free individual counselling for ages 14 and up
* support services for friends and family members
* advocacy, support and accompaniment to the hospital, police station and court

* SAVIS is a member agency of Support Services Network for Male Survivors in Ontario

McMaster Children's Hospital - Child Advocacy and Assessment Program (CAAP) - Ron Joyce Children's Health Centre, Level 4

Offers assessment and consultation services, including:

* Child maltreatment assessment and impact of maltreatment assessment
* Parenting capacity assessment
* Intervention services (psychoeducation, counselling, treatment, etc.) for children and their parents/caregivers where a child has experienced some form of maltreatment (sexual, physical, emotional abuse, or neglect)
* Educational services

Nina's Place - Regional Sexual Assault / Domestic Violence Care Centre - Joseph Brant Hospital

If you are in immediate danger call 911;
* If you have experienced sexual assault or domestic violence within the past 12 days, go to Joseph Brant Hospital Emergency Dept and ask for Nina's Place
* If your assault was greater than 12 days but less than 2 years, and you would like counselling, contact the Nina's Place trauma informed Social Worker at 905-681-4880

A sexual assault/domestic violence crisis centre providing specialized health care to any survivor who has experienced a recent sexual assault (within the past 12 days) and/or domestic violence
* specially-trained nurses are on call Mon-Sun 24 hours

Major services:
* a physical exam and treatment of any physical injuries
* testing and prevention for possible pregnancy
* testing and preventive treatment of sexually transmitted infections
* crisis intervention
* risk assessment and safety planning
* documentation and/or photographing of any injuries
* collection of forensic evidence of the assault for 6-month storage or immediate release to police
* providing information about navigating the legal system and reporting options
* follow-up medical care, counselling and referral to community agencies
* links to community resources such as Halton Region Sexual Health Clinic, Halton Women's Place, Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention Services (SAVIS)
* a sensitivity to race, gender, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status and/or abilities of individuals will be maintained

* support, welcome, and advocate for survivors of all genders, sexualities, races, abilities, religions, and cultural backgrounds
* clients may consent to all or parts of the offered care options
* clients have the choice whether to involve the police or not

Hamilton General Hospital - Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Care Centre (SA / DVCC) - 237 Barton St

Provides specialized healthcare for adolescents, women, individuals who are transgender, and men who have experienced sexual assault and/or domestic violence.

Sexual Assault Centre Hamilton and Area

Provides support to adult women and men, who have experienced childhood and/or adult sexual violence at any point in their lives. This includes rape, incest, sexual abuse and harassment.

Services include:
* Individual, group and crisis counselling (including off-site counselling supports in locations such as the Hamilton Detention Centre and the STARS drop-in for women involved in sex work
* Anonymous 24-hour telephone Support Line for survivors, their families, and friends
* TTY Support Line available Monday-Friday 9 am-5 pm
* Accompaniment to hospital and police
* Anonymous reporting to the police
* Abuse prevention education sessions (including sessions in Spanish)
* Specialized programming for women from Hamilton's diverse racial and cultural communities (plans to start a new 12-week session of Multicultural Women's Sewing Circle)
* Assistance with practical needs (e.g. bus tickets, childcare)
* 16 week volunteer training program offered twice yearly
* Coordination of yearly International Women's Day and Take Back the Night Events.

Member agency of Support Services Network for Male Survivors in Ontario and of the Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres. All services are confidential and free of charge.

Hamilton General Hospital - Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Care Centre (SA / DVCC) - 237 Barton St

Provides specialized healthcare for adolescents, women, individuals who are transgender, and men who have experienced sexual assault and/or domestic violence.

Radius Child and Youth Services

Major services:
* identify and remediate the traumatic impact of interpersonal abuse
* provide support, education and intervention to all non-offending family members or caregivers impacted by their child's trauma

* trauma assessments: determines the effects of interpersonal abuse, most effective treatment approach

* trauma treatment: following assessment, a client may enter into a recommended combination of individual and family therapy

* sexualized behaviour assessments and treatment for children under 12 years that are involved in inappropriate sexual behaviours

* risk assessments/treatment for sexually offending youths between the ages of 12-18 years, to understand the circumstances leading to the sexual offending behaviour(s), risks, strengths and treatment needs

* sibling incest assessments/treatment for families where sibling-on-sibling sexual abuse has occurred including a trauma assessment for the victimized child, a risk assessment

* for sexually abused and/or abusive children, adolescents and their families

* family and individual assessment, treatment and long term support

* group therapy for female and male victims, non-offending mothers, juvenile sex offenders and offending parents

* self help component for the offending adolescent and a comprehensive family assessment

Sexual Assault & Violence Intervention Services of Halton - Sexual Assault & Violence Intervention Services of Halton, Burlington Satellite Office - Unpublished - Burlington Satellite Office - Unpublished

An agency that provides free, confidential, non-judgmental, 24 hour support and counselling services for male, female and transgender survivors of violence including childhood sexual abuse.

* this Burlington location is one of 5 SAVIS offices that are located in Halton
* other locations include Oakville , Milton , Acton and Georgetown
* call the main intake and information number at 905-825-3622 to arrange an appointment at this location

Services include:
* 24-hour crisis line
* free individual counselling for ages 14 and up
* support services for friends and family members
* advocacy, support and accompaniment to the hospital, police station and court

* SAVIS is a member agency of Support Services Network for Male Survivors in Ontario

Nina's Place - Regional Sexual Assault / Domestic Violence Care Centre - Joseph Brant Hospital

If you are in immediate danger call 911;
* If you have experienced sexual assault or domestic violence within the past 12 days, go to Joseph Brant Hospital Emergency Dept and ask for Nina's Place
* If your assault was greater than 12 days but less than 2 years, and you would like counselling, contact the Nina's Place trauma informed Social Worker at 905-681-4880

A sexual assault/domestic violence crisis centre providing specialized health care to any survivor who has experienced a recent sexual assault (within the past 12 days) and/or domestic violence
* specially-trained nurses are on call Mon-Sun 24 hours

Major services:
* a physical exam and treatment of any physical injuries
* testing and prevention for possible pregnancy
* testing and preventive treatment of sexually transmitted infections
* crisis intervention
* risk assessment and safety planning
* documentation and/or photographing of any injuries
* collection of forensic evidence of the assault for 6-month storage or immediate release to police
* providing information about navigating the legal system and reporting options
* follow-up medical care, counselling and referral to community agencies
* links to community resources such as Halton Region Sexual Health Clinic, Halton Women's Place, Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention Services (SAVIS)
* a sensitivity to race, gender, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status and/or abilities of individuals will be maintained

* support, welcome, and advocate for survivors of all genders, sexualities, races, abilities, religions, and cultural backgrounds
* clients may consent to all or parts of the offered care options
* clients have the choice whether to involve the police or not

Juravinski Hospital - Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Care Centre

Provides specialized healthcare for adolescents, women, individuals who are transgender, and men who have experienced sexual assault and/or domestic violence. Hospital staff will not report to the police without permission.

Juravinski Hospital - Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Care Centre

Provides specialized healthcare for adolescents, women, individuals who are transgender, and men who have experienced sexual assault and/or domestic violence. Hospital staff will not report to the police without permission.