Many studies have shown that following natural disasters there's a rise in the incidences of gender based violence. Displaced women and children are particularly vulnerable. These studies also show that women's critical voices in decision making also suffer increased repression following disasters. In response to the huge numbers of people in Puerto Rico, the southern states, and on other islands in the Caribbean who are displaced, one thing you can do is forward this list of resources to organizations in those areas you know of or can compile. 

RESOURCES:

Sexual Violence in Disasters: A Planning Guide for Prevention and Response , National Sexual Violence Resource Center (2008), This guide provides an overview of sexual violence in disasters and a range of recommendations for prevention and response before, during, and after a disaster. The guide is available in English and Spanish.

Sexual Violence in Disasters Fact Sheet ,National Sexual Violence Resource Center (2009), This two-page fact sheet includes basic information about the risk of sexual violence during and after disaster, and strategies for prevention and response.

Sexual Violence in Disasters Palm Cards ,National Sexual Violence Resource Center, These tri-fold cards include tips on sexual violence prevention and resources for survivors.

Sexual Violence in Disasters: Interactive Online Series ,National Sexual Violence Resource Center (2012 & 2013), This three-part series of interactive online courses for sexual violence preventionists, victim advocates, and allied professionals discuss the connections among sexual violence, disaster, and oppression (Module 1), and offer recommendations for creating a pre-disaster plan for sexual violence prevention and response (Modules 2 and 3).

xCHANGE Series Podcasts with Dr. Elaine Enarson ,National Sexual Violence Resource Center (2013), In this series of four short audio podcasts, Dr. Elaine Enarson discusses research, prevention strategies, community partnerships, and future directions related to sexual violence prevention and response in disasters.

Emergency preparedness in British Columbia: Mitigating violence against women in disasters , Association of Specialist Victim Assistance and Counselling Programs (1999), This action-oriented report is intended to inform key stakeholders about the link between violence against women and emergency management, identify existing system gaps and needs, and present effective strategies for mitigating the risk of increased violence against women in a major disaster.

Ethical and Safety Recommendations for Researching, Documenting and Monitoring Sexual Violence in Emergencies World Health Organization (2007), This document discusses safety and ethical issues that must be addressed when collecting and using data about sexual violence in emergencies. It presents a set of eight interrelated recommendations with key considerations and examples of good practice.

For the Women of Katrina and Other Disasters: Protection from Violence Against Women and Children , The Women’s Justice Center, The Women’s Justice Center issued this one page guide to survivors of Hurricane Katrina about strategies for protecting themselves, their children, and each other from violence in the wake of a disaster. Available in Englishand Spanish.

Guidelines for Gender-based Violence Interventions in Humanitarian Settings: Focusing on Prevention of and Response to Sexual Violence in Emergencies ,Inter-Agency Standing Committee, Taskforce on Gender in Humanitarian Assistance (2005), This resource recommends specific interventions to prevent and respond to gender-based violence during each phase of a humanitarian emergency. Available in English, Arabic, Bahasa, French, and Spanish.

Predictable, Preventable: Best Practices for Addressing Interpersonal and Self-Directed Violence During and After Disasters ,Canadian Red Cross and International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (2012) , This report provides an overview of interpersonal and self-directed violence in disasters, including risk factors and consequences. It highlights concrete actions that can be taken to address violence, and gives examples of challenges, innovations, and successes in preventing and responding to violence in disasters.

Protecting Children from Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Violence in Disaster & Emergency Situations: A Guide for Local and Community-based Organisations ,End Child Prostitution, Child Pornography and Trafficking of Children for Sexual Purposes (ECPAT International) (2006), This manual for local grassroots organizations provides strategies to protect children from sexual violence and sexual exploitation in the event of disasters. It examines the vulnerabilities of children and discusses actions that can be taken before, during, and after a disaster to minimize the risk of sexual violence. Available in EnglishSpanishFrench, and Arabic.

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