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

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.

Domestic and Sexual Violence and Abuse

Tackling the Health and Mental Health Effects

Domestic violence, childhood sexual abuse, rape and sexual assault, and sexual exploitation through prostitution, pornography and trafficking can have many significant adverse impacts on a survivor’s health and wellbeing, in the short, medium and long-term. Taking a life-course approach, the book explores what is known about appropriate treatment responses to those who have experienced, and those who perpetrate, domestic and sexual violence and abuse. The book also examines key factors that are important in understanding how and why different groups experience heightened risks of domestic and sexual violence and abuse, namely: gender and sexuality; race and culture; disability; and abuse by professionals. Drawing together results from specially commissioned research, the views of experts by experience, experts by profession and the published research literature, the book argues that sufficient is already known to delineate an appropriate public health framework, encompassing primary, secondary and tertiary prevention, to successfully tackle the important public health issue represented by domestic and sexual violence and abuse. Domestic and Sexual Violence and Abuse equips health and social care professionals and services to identify and respond to the needs of affected individuals with a view to the prevention and early intervention.

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.

Social, Psychological, and Forensic Perspectives on Sexual Abuse

Sexual abuse, a topic still struggling to break free of its social taboos, is an issue that must be addressed, assessed, and discussed in order to further efforts for prevention and treatment. Social, Psychological, and Forensic Perspectives on Sexual Abuse is an important resource that comprehensively examines the prevalence, assessment, causes, and impacts of sexual violence from cultural, legal, psychosocial, theoretical, and medical viewpoints. Discussing difficult but relevant issues including forensic assessment, legal ramifications, mental health, risk assessment, and effects on family life, this book is geared towards researchers, mental health professionals, clinicians, and special educators seeking current research on prevention, assessment, and rehabilitation in sexual abuse.

Violence and Sexual Abuse at Home

Current Issues in Spousal Battering and Child Maltreatment

Violence and abuse that occur behind closed doors are not just personal concerns or issues. Family violence is a major mental health, social service, health care, and criminal justice problem that society cannot continue to ignore. Violence and Sexual Abuse at Home gives you the facts of spouse/partner and child maltreatment, an analysis of the intervention and prevention techniques commonly used, and alternative approaches and theories for understanding and reducing instances of family abuse. The factors behind maltreatment are multiple and diverse. Because there are so many approaches to treating perpetrators and victims, choosing a treatment strategy can sometimes feel overwhelming. Use Violence and Sexual Abuse at Home to help you decide which treatment models will be most effective in particular situations. Don’t risk low success rates with your patients. This comprehensive guidebook can help you refine your treatment strategies, as you better your understanding of: mutual combat the ethical issues and legal mandates involved in reporting family maltreatment biological issues and aggression the causes of the physical maltreatment of children maltreatment of children with disabilities the debate surrounding “parent alienation syndrome” difficulties in diagnosing incest offenders the impact of child sexual maltreatment on the survivor’s sexuality and sexual functioning the repression, dissociation, and delayed recall of traumatic events Violence and Sexual Abuse at Home shows clinicians, researchers, advocates, and other professionals the importance of broadening their perspectives of all types of family maltreatment. Anyone working with people who abuse and/or with adults and children who are or have been abused should understand the developmental, social, psychological, cultural, and biological issues at play in violent home environments.

Child Sexual Abuse and Mental Disorder

Seminar paper from the year 1998 in the subject Psychology - Clinic and Health Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, grade: Good, Hendrix College (Department for Abnormal Psychology), course: Independent Study, 46 entries in the bibliography, language: English, abstract: 1. Incidence This first part of the paper deals with the question of how to define child sexual abuse. Differences in the definitions that impede a comparison of different studies conducted on this topic are examined. Child sexual abuse has long been thought to be rare or at least occurring in small numbers only. In recent decades, however, the incidence of child sexual abuse cases seemed to explode. Probably only the higher number of reported cases is responsible for that phenomenon. The incidence of child sexual abuse probably did not really change. The number of child sexual abuse ranges for females somewhere between 6% to 62% and for males between 3% and 31% (Whetsell-Mitchell, 1995; Finkelhor, 1993). The large difference between these numbers is due mainly to the fact of different definitions in the studies. In the following paragraphs three different elements for which definitions seem necessary are discussed. First the phrase child sexual abuse is to be defined. Second phrases for the sexual inappropriate behavior are examined, and third terms to name the abuser are defined. 2. Child Sexual Abuse. A sample of phrases equated with child sexual abuse by different researchers is: sexual victimization, sexual exploitation, sexual assault, sexual misuse, child molestation, sexual maltreatment, and child rape (Whetsell-Mitchell, 1995). Discussion about child sexual abuse becomes even more difficult when different fields are taken into account. The legal and the social welfare system have quite different ideas of child sexual abuse, and these ideas are different from the psychological ideas as well. Some features are more ambiguous than others are. For instance, it is more likely for different people to agree that child sexual abuse has happened when one or the other form of penetration was involved. It becomes more difficult when behavior is examined that might be perfectly normal in one family, while abusive in another family. This depends on the family’s idea and practice of nudity. While one family thinks it inappropriate to be naked in front of the child another family might find this perfectly normal. Thus, if one of the parents would approach his or her naked child during bathing, it would be normal in family two but not in the first one. This is largely related to the environment in which the child grew up. One feature that indicates sexual abusive behavior is sexual gratification for the involved adult. [...]

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.

World Report on Violence and Health

Violence is a major public health problem worldwide. Each year, over 1.6 million people lose their lives to violence. Violence is among the leading causes of death for people aged 15-44 years of age worldwide, accounting for 14% of deaths among males and 7% of deaths among females. For every person who dies, as a result of violence, many millions more are injured and suffer from a range of physical, sexual, reproductive, and mental health problems. The World report on violence and health is the first comprehensive review of the problem of violence on a global scale - what it is, who it affects and what can be done about it. The report attempts to dispel the hopelessness that often accompanies any discussion on violence. Violence is preventable - it is not an intractable social problem or an inevitable part of the human condition. It is a multifaceted problem with biological, psychological, social, and environmental roots. There is no simple or single solution to the problem. Violence must therefore be addressed on multiple levels and in multiple sectors of society simultaneously. This report illustrates not only the human toll of violence but also exposes the many faces of interpersonal, collective, and self-directed violence. Far from being a well-reported phenomenon that unfolds in the limelight of front-page stories, many acts of violence, as the report shows, are in fact hidden from public view and go unreported. The report describes the magnitude and impact of violence throughout the world; examines the key risk factors for violence; gives an account of the types of intervention and policy responses that have been tried, and summarizes what is known about their effectiveness; and makes recommendations for action at local, national, and international levels.

Organised Sexual Abuse

This book examines the sexual abuse of children by groups or networks. It reviews the debates and controversy surrounding organised abuse and examines case studies of 21 adults in Australia who experienced organised sexual abuse in childhood. Themes discussed include: the relationship between sexual abuse and organised abuse; debates on allegations and recovered memories; police responses; the contexts in which sexually abusive groups develop and operate; the role of religion and ritual in subcultures of organised sexual abuse; and the experience of adult and child victims in the criminal justice system and health system.

Sexual Abuse Survivors

Financial Health & Literacy

Mental Health Advocacy

Mental Health Peer Support

Mental Health Education

Mental Health Recovery

Mental Health Issues

Exercise Mental Health

Mental Health & Wellness

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

If you have experienced recent sexual assault or domestic violence, go to Joseph Brant Hospital Emergency Dept and ask for Nina's Place

If you were assaulted within the last 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 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

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

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

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 have experienced recent sexual assault or domestic violence, go to Joseph Brant Hospital Emergency Dept and ask for Nina's Place

If you were assaulted within the last 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 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.

Thrive Counselling - Thrive Counselling, Burlington Head Office - Burlington Head Office

Major services:
* Violence Against Women Program
* Caring Dads
* individual, couple and family counselling
* Employee Assistance Program
* educational and counselling groups available in certain locations only if demand necessitates
* Assessment Referral for Abused Women (individual assessment appointments, individual counselling, education/support groups, counselling groups for women, counselling groups for children who have witnessed abuse, developing healthy relationships)

Free Walk-In Counselling Clinic:
* now available at this office
* Thursdays 1 pm-7:30 pm
* no appointment or referral required

Branch offices:
* Oakville
* Milton
* North Halton

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.

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.

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

* also offers Training and Consultation programs

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

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 have experienced recent sexual assault or domestic violence, go to Joseph Brant Hospital Emergency Dept and ask for Nina's Place

If you were assaulted within the last 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 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