169626 Improving outcomes for LGBT survivors of sexual violence in non LGBT identified provider services

Tuesday, October 28, 2008: 8:30 AM

Philip McCabe, CSW, CAS , Office of Public Health Practice, UMDNJ- School of Public Health, Piscataway, NJ
New Jersey, offer assistance to sexual assault and domestic violence victims thru a network of 22 state funded programs. NJ has limited shelters where lesbians have received services, and often it is reported the women lives in fear, that if her sexual orientation is discovered or disclosed, she will face ridicule, alienation, and even evection. No shelter programs are offered for gay men. Transgender Individuals face additional difficulties, based on conflicts with assigned and or perceived gender and how others in the system will relate to them.

A pilot project was developed in 2000 for Monmouth County's Rape Care Advocacy Program 180, Turning Lives Around.. This has lead to an increase of awareness and LGBT sensitivity for clinical staff and volunteers in the Rape Care Advocacy Program. In Oct of 2005, an expanded twelve hour curriculum was developed and delivered for all staff of 180. Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners have also received discipline specific training. In addition to advocacy services provided by volunteers, Professional Staff provide clinical services including sexual assault, domestic violence, substance abuse and mental health counseling. LGBT Sensitivity and Clinical awareness of the problems associated with LGBT sexual assault have increased staff ability to meet the needs of LGBT survivors of abuse. In 2007 the LGBT Sexual Violence brochure was developed for education and community awareness. Additional progress has been made by working with the NJ Coalition Against Sexual Assault and the NJ Governors Advisory Committee on Rape Prevention and Education.

Learning Objectives:
As a result of the presentation participants will be able to: 1.Explain the difference between sexual orientation and gender identity. 2.identify barriers for LGBT individuals to report and seek assistance for sexual assault 3.distinguish between LGBT tolerant and supportive care

Keywords: Violence, Vulnerable Populations

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I served as the Primary Educational Consultant for the Program, and also on the Board of Trusties of the NJ Coalition Against Sexual Assault
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.