Building trust and rapport is essential when connecting with responders within the victim advocacy field. The Safe Helpline presentation is an interactive way to help you and your team learn more about how our services support members of the Department of Defense (DoD) community impacted by sexual violence. By hosting a Safe Helpline presentation, you will have the opportunity to put a “face” to the service, ask questions, better understand how Safe Helpline can support the work that you do every day and provide direct feedback. Participation in the Safe Helpline presentation can be used toward one hour of D-SAACP credit for Sexual Assault Response Coordinators (SARCs) and Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Victim Advocates (SAPR VAs).
Here is some feedback we received from past Safe Helpline presentations:
“I now feel confident to use Safe Helpline as a Victim Advocate.”
“Great informative training! I feel more informed for not only myself but anyone who would come to me for help!”
"I had given the number out a couple times but was apprehensive about it because I didn't fully know
what the experience would be like. I'm 100% confident that it is good to suggest now.”
What is a Safe Helpline Presentation?
Safe Helpline currently offers four different briefs.
DoD Safe Helpline: The First Step in the Path to Reporting and Accessing Services (Safe Helpline 101 brief) is 1 hour, awards 1 continuing education unit for D-SAACP, and fulfills the DoDI 6495.03 Safe Helpline requirement for D-SAACP recertification. The intended audiences for the Safe Helpline 101 brief is anyone that is not familiar or only somewhat familiar with Safe Helpline services. This may include SARCs, SAPR VAs, SVC/VLCs, chaplains, medical and mental health personnel, military police, other military or civilian service providers, and general Service members. Here's what the presentation covers:
- Ways Safe Helpline staff support survivors, friends and family members of survivors and responders
- How we ensure Safe Helpline services are anonymous and confidential and what that means for survivors utilizing our services
- Videos and demonstrations on tools Safe Helpline has created to ensure survivors have a number of ways to access support
- How Safe Helpline services integrate and work with existing SAPR/SHARP services
- New and upcoming services and initiatives
How Safe Helpline Can Support Your Work: A Safe Helpline Resource Deep Dive (Safe Helpline 102 brief) is a 60 to 90 minute brief depending on the amount of discussion from the group. The brief awards 1 continuing education unit for D-SAACP, and fulfills the DoDI 6495.03 Safe Helpline requirement for D-SAACP recertification. This brief is intended for SAPR and SHARP teams that have previously attended a Safe Helpline 101 brief or have significant working knowledge of Safe Helpline services. The Safe Helpline 102 brief covers:
- Recognizing and discussing common barriers to disclosure and reporting for survivors of sexual assault on base
Enhancing existing SAPR and SHARP program strategies to support survivors of sexual assault using Safe Helpline resources
Leveraging Safe Helpline to Support Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Efforts: A Brief for Leadership (Safe Helpline 103 brief) is 1 hour, and awards 1 continuing education unit for D-SAACP, and provides a high-level overview of Safe Helpline, how Safe Helpline supports the work of SAPR and SHARP teams on-base, and ways leadership can leverage Safe Helpline resources to support survivors of sexual assault. This brief is intended for leadership who are interested in raising awareness about services available and supporting survivors on base. The Safe Helpline 103 brief covers:
- The key tenets of Safe Helpline, including services available to support survivors, staff training, and the importance of anonymity and confidentiality
- How Safe Helpline services are supporting Service members and the SAPR personnel on your base
- Resources available for leadership to support survivors of sexual assault through the Safe Helpline
Leveraging Local Safe HelpRoom: How SARCs Can Host Anonymous, Online Peer Support Sessions for Their Local Community (Local Safe HelpRoom brief) is 1 hour and awards 1 continuing education unit for D-SAACP. This brief is intended for SARCs or SAPR VAs who would like to learn more about the registration, training, and session planning processes for hosting their own sessions through Local Safe HelpRoom. During the Local Safe HelpRoom brief you will:
- Develop a solid understanding of how Local Safe HelpRoom can reduce time and geographic barriers to accessing care, while expanding the services available to the survivors you serve.
Leave feeling confident about navigating the registration and moderator training processes, and structuring your own Local Safe HelpRoom sessions
How Long is the Presentation and Who Should Attend?
Typically one hour, the length of the presentation can be adjusted to fit the needs of the audience (between 30-90 minutes). For example, for a general Service member audience, we recommend a 30-minute overview presentation, but for an audience of SAPR VAs or stakeholders, we recommend a 60-90 minute presentation to allow for questions and a more detailed discussion. However, we are happy to tailor a presentation to meet your individual needs.
Where is the Presentation?
Due to COVID-19, all Safe Helpline presentations are currently offered virtually via Microsoft Teams, Zoom, and teleconference.
How Do I Request a Presentation?
To request a presentation, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. All presentations will need to be approved by DoD Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office.