Toolkits, Resources and Amazing Agencies

There are many ways to get from trauma to transcendence.
Here is a collection of agencies doing just that!

NOVA (National Organization for Victim Assistance)
Founded in 1975, NOVA is the oldest national victim assistance organization of its type in the United States and is the recognized leader in victim advocacy, education and credentialing.

The Bristlecone Project 
 Many men who may feel isolated and stigmatized by what happened to them. And to portray this reality to whole communities through the Bristlecone Project website and public exhibitions, providing positive, hopeful role models of men who have faced their unwanted sexual experiences and who learned to live healthier, happier lives.

Certified FETI
is a science-based methodology designed to educate professionals to use empathic listening and brain-based cues to facilitate collection of psychophysiological evidence from those that have experienced trauma or high stress.  Certified FETI accurately captures an individual’s high stress or trauma enabling others to understand the experience.

Russell Strand is the creator of the 
Forensic Experiential Trauma Interview.

Russell Strand is an independent consultant for the
Certified FETI program.

All You Have Options Program (YHOP)
The You Have Options Program offers three options for reporting a sexual assault to law enforcement including an Information Only report, a Partial Investigation and a Complete Investigation.  Learn more about each option by visiting the EXPLORE YOUR OPTIONS page.

National Indigenous Womens Resource Center
National Resource Center to Enhance Safety of Native Women and their Children.


Every new platform and new technology could enable an abuser. It can also be our best weapon against them. We are dedicated to ending child sex trafficking and the sexual exploitation of children. And we won’t stop until every child, can just be a kid.

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For men whose lives have been disrupted by unwanted or abusive sexual experiences, working through it can help turn things around.

The Joyful Heart Foundation
Joyful Heart is a leading national organization with a mission to transform society’s response to sexual assault, domestic violence, and child abuse, support survivors’ healing, and end this violence forever.The National Coalition Against

Domestic Violence (NCADV) is the voice of victims and survivors. We are the catalyst for changing society to have zero tolerance for domestic violence. We do this by affecting public policy, increasing understanding of the impact of domestic violence, and providing programs and education that drive that change.

RAINN the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization.

Office of Sex Trafficking Intervention Research STIR (ASU)
The goal of the STIR office is to be a central source of research on domestic sex trafficking which will inform the decisions made by those who contact victims and perpetrators of sex trafficking including law enforcement and prosecutors, educators, medical services and social services.  Research disseminated from the Office of Sex Trafficking Intervention Research has and will continue to significantly contribute to the knowledge base about sex trafficking by introducing innovative research methodologies and unique partnerships in the development of new knowledge.

Justice 3D
Justice 3D is a leading educator in issues related to investigating and prosecuting sexual assault, child abuse, and domestic violence cases.  The company was formed to provide cutting-edge training to law enforcement, prosecutors, and allied professionals to prepare them with the skills they need to effectively combat these serious crimes.  Justice3D stresses the importance of taking a team-based approach knowing that working together provides the most efficient use of resources, the highest success rate in court, and most important the best response for the victim.

Polaris is a leader in the global fight to eradicate modern slavery. Named after the North Star that guided slaves to freedom in the U.S., Polaris systemically disrupts the human trafficking networks that rob human beings of their lives and their freedom. Our comprehensive model puts victims at the center of what we do – helping survivors restore their freedom, preventing more victims, and leveraging data and technology to pursue traffickers wherever they operate.

The National Children’s Advocacy Center
The NCAC models, promotes, and delivers excellence in child abuse response and prevention through service, education, and leadership.

Unspoken Voices
Unspoken Voices exists to give a voice to those who have lost the strength, will, or ability to speak out.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA’s mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities.

The Vicarious Trauma Toolkit
It takes courage to help child and adult victims of sexual abuse, assist survivors of acts of terrorism and mass violence, fight fires that may have taken people’s lives, or respond to shootings and other crime scenes. It also takes commitment to do this work despite the personal, physical, emotional, and mental impact it can have.

The Vicarious Trauma Toolkit (VTT) was developed on the premise that exposure to the traumatic experiences of other people—known as vicarious trauma—is an inevitable occupational challenge for the fields of victim services, emergency medical services, fire services, law enforcement, and other allied professionals; however, organizations can mitigate the potentially negative effects of trauma exposure by becoming vicarious trauma-informed.

The VTT includes tools and resources tailored specifically to these fields that provide the knowledge and skills necessary for organizations to address the vicarious trauma needs of their staff. To begin exploring the VTT, select one of the disciplines below and visit the comprehensive Compendium of Resources.

The SART Toolkit
Sexual violence affects many aspects of a victim’s life—including safety and health, family and work situations, and finances—and often leads to perplexing legal questions. To receive basic assistance, victims often must navigate a complicated maze of governmental and community agencies. SARTs, or sexual assault response teams, help victims through the maze. The SART Toolkit is a resource both for communities considering a SART response and communities that already have a coordinated response but want to make it better. Use it. Share it. Make it your own.

The CCR Toolkit
The CCRT (Coordinated Community Response Team) is a collaborative effort of the End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin (EDAW) and WCASA. Offered as a free resource to communities, it is meant to be a preliminary guide to the process of forming and running a successful CCR.

NOTE:  we are working to update this tool.  It says to use “motivational interviewing”,  and we do not endorse that interview method as it is not rooted in neuroscience. 

BUT- it is a good tool to get you started:
A Trauma Informed Care Agency Assessment

The Neurobiology of Sexual Assault:  by Dr. Rebecca Campbell

For over 2 decades, the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence has operated VAWnet, an online network focused on violence against women and other forms of gender-based violence. 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.

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