- Understands that IPSV is not "either" domestic violence "or" sexual assault, but is "both-and"?
- Asks about IPSV and explains what it is as part of service intake, following up with appropriate assistance?
- Understands that IPSV is one of the most common forms of sexual assault, and entails the highest levels of physical injury and repeated rape?
- Does not assume that because a woman does not talk about IPSV, it hasn't happened?
- Understands that the co-occurrence of IPSV with battery is statistically more potentially lethal than battery alone?
- Understands that IPSV is as serious and traumatic as other forms of sexual and domestic assault and does not minimise it in any way?
- Understands that IPSV happens in relationships not always characterized by other forms of abuse?
- Understands that IPSV has unique psychological issues to other domestic violence, and does not view IPSV as just another form of abuse?
- Is conversant with what the different issues of IPSV may be?
- Understands that the sexual assault may be important to a survivor for addressing in itself even if there has been other violence, and that filing it simply under the heading of domestic violence can leave the impact of rape untreated?
- Has staff trained in dealing with sexual assault as well as other types of domestic violence?
- If there are no sexual assault trained staff, does this service liaise with sexual assault services and give supported referrals and follow-up rather than telling her to "call a rape crisis service?"
- Facilitates discussion of IPSV as part of support groups?
- Believes that even if a survivor is remaining with a perpetrator, she still has the right to access help from domestic violence services?
- Has a multicultural understanding of IPSV?
- Recognises the importance of clearly naming IPSV as sexual assault, yet understands this can be distressing and has support strategies in place?
- Can empower a survivor of IPSV to see and value her strengths?
- Is completely confidential (excepting if a client is a danger to herself or others, or minors are being harmed)?
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