The mental health focus in rape crisis services: tensions and recommendations

             

 

Author(s)Woody, Jane D. and Kerry L. Beldin
Title The mental health focus in rape crisis services: tensions and recommendations
Source Violence and Victims,2012, Vol. 27, Number 1, pp 95-108
Date 2012
Document type Journal article
Summary In this article the authors discuss ongoing tension between rape crisis centre workers and mental health professionals in providing services for victims of sexual assault. The history of the development of rape crisis centres is explored, including their foundations in feminist philosophy. Two key treatment methods used with rape survivors, crisis intervention and counselling, are identified as the sources of much of the tension between rape crisis workers and mental health professionals. Recommendations are made for resolving the tensions and building effective collaborative relationships between both groups. These recommendations include consistent and collaborative participation of representatives from both groups in local sexual assault response teams; using local mental health professionals to assist rape crisis centres with training volunteers; and ensuring each group has well-defined roles, goals and interventions.
Keywords Sexual assault; rape; rape crisis centres; service delivery; crisis intervention; counselling
Topic

Sexual assault