Sexual violence or sexual assault is any unwanted sexual attention, contact, or activity. Sexual violence may involve one or more persons forcing, pressuring, coercing, threatening or otherwise manipulating another person into sexual acts or activities against his or her will and without his or her consent.
Domestic violence is a pattern of abusive behavior used by one person to gain and maintain power and control over an intimate partner or an ex-partner. It occurs in both dating and long-term relationships. Tactics may include physical, sexual, emotional, and economic abuse, isolation, coercion, and intimidation.
Stalking violence is the repeated following, watching and/or harassing of another person in a way that would cause a reasonable person to be fearful.
The power and control wheel (below) is a tool to help identify and recognize behaviors that help one partner establish dominance and control over another.
Explore these local and national resources to learn more.
RU12: Safespace: Emotional support, referrals, and advocacy to LGBTQQ survivors of violence in Vermont
RAINN: Rape, Abuse and Incest Network: Lots of information and resources about sexual violence; 24/7 confidential online hotline
The MyStrength Campaign: Information for young men to take action to stop rape
Love is Respect: Lots of resources on healthy relationships and dating violence; limited chat and helpline access
Bursting the Bubble: Youth living with domestic violence and abuse; Interactive support for youth
Outright Vermont: Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth support in Vermont
Teen Line: Operated by teens for teens; live chat support
Amplify Your Voice: A national project for peer to peer education for teens about sexual health; features blogs, message boards and a rich online community, including special sections for GLBTG and young women of color.
Advocates for Youth: Advocates for Youth champions efforts to help young people make informed and responsible decisions about their reproductive and sexual health. Advocates believes it can best serve the field by boldly advocating for a more positive and realistic approach to adolescent sexual health.
That’s Not Cool: Information for teens on textual harassment, how to communicate your boundaries and deal with pressure to send risky pictures or engage in other sexual activity.
National Domestic Violence Hotline: Helping a Parent in an Abusive Relationship offers tips and tools for youth when there is family violence, from self-care to safety planning.
Call our hotline 24 hours a day, seven days a week to get support, information and options from a trained advocate:
We have a small temporary shelter in an unidentified location. It is available for women and children fleeing a domestic, sexual and/or stalking violence crisis. We provide assistance and resources for male survivors seeking alternative housing options.
Advocates are available to provide information about our shelter program by calling our confidential hotline at 888-5256.
SAF-T: Clarina is Vermont's first SAF-T shelter, (Sheltering Animals and Families Together), welcoming guests with companion animals into shelter. Because animal abuse may be a symptom and a tool of domestic violence, Clarina's SAF-T program facilitates safety planning and support for individuals and families. Call us to check on current available shelter space: some restrictions apply on the number and kinds of animals that may be safely housed at shelter.
Partnerships with Justice for Dogs and VETEGA: Veterinary Efforts
providing safety options for Animals!
The Clarina Fund at VETEGA is a special fund for veterinary care needs and is directly used to supprt survivors of violence with companion animals during their shelter stay.
Justice for Dogs : http://www.justicefordogsvt.org/
Legal Advocacy: No one has to feel alone as they navigate the justice system. Clarina advocates can help support survivors through the legal system and are available to provide information and assistance throughout the process. Advocates can offer support for survivors seeking assistance or information about filing police reports with law enforcement; filing Temporary Restraining Orders; identifying community resources; attending hearings, trials, and court proceedings. Advocates do not provide legal advice, but can offer information, assistance, and emotional support.
General Advocacy: Clarina advocates are available to talk with survivors at all stages of healing. Advocates can provide emotional and crisis support, information, and referrals.
Medical Advocacy: Clarina Advocates are available to support survivors seeking medical care. This may include visits to the hospital, emergency room support, SANE exams (Sexual Assault Exam), general support, or providing other information and advocacy. Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE) programs involve special training for medical practitioners working with survivors. Learn about Sexual Assault Exam's
Community Advocacy: Clarina advocates can support survivors who need help connecting with community organizations; 211, public assistance, veterans services, disability services, parent and child support services, food share/resources, and other local resources.
Housing Advocacy: Advocates can connect people to community resources, offering information, referral, and supports with emergency, temporary and permanent housing options.
Clarina advocates support our survivor-centered approach to our free and confidential services. This empowerment-based approach to services allows advocates to support survivors in meeting holistic, self-defined goals.