IDVSA studies the scope and various impacts of sexual assault in Texas. In collaboration with multi-disciplinary partners, we study the layered impacts on the individual, the service providers who respond to the sexual assault, the systems through which the sexual assault is addressed, and the broader social and economic structures that are impacted. With support from local, state, and federal agencies, we conduct prevalence studies, program evaluations, and create technical assistance guides on sexual assault. Explore this page to learn more about our research on sexual assault. Learn more about sexual assault response tools and technical assistance for law enforcement and practitioners.
Texas Sexual Assault Survivors’ Study (2020-2021)
IDVSA and BBR are conducting a study of services, gaps, and accessibility for Texas sexual assault survivors as a required component of House Bill 1590, passed in the 86th legislative session.
Snapshot: A Closer Look at Sexual Assault Case Characteristics in Texas (2020)
Most reported cases of sexual assault do not move forward for prosecution, yet little is known about the reasons. Through this project, IDVSA will work to broaden our understanding of sexual assault cases in Texas and add to the extant research from other states.
Compendium of Resources on Sexual Assault (CORSA II) (2020)
IDVSA is working on the second phase of evidence-based, victim-centered training strategies and tools for professionals working with sexual assault victims throughout Texas…
City of Austin Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (2018-2020)
This project assesses the untested sexual assault kit backlog in the City of Austin. The city was awarded a 3-year grant from the Bureau of Justice Assistance enlisted the services of IDVSA. The goals of…
Notification for Victims of Assault (2019)
The Office of Violence Against Women at the U.S. Department of Justice commissioned IDVSA to create the first-ever community guide for communities and practitioners tasked with developing a coordinated and multidisciplinary response to re-engage victims after testing unrequested or untested SAKs.
Legal Aid for Survivors of Sexual Assault Evaluation (2019)
The Legal Aid for Survivors of Sexual Assault (LASSA) network is a program of the Texas Legal Services Center, which seeks to provide free legal services to victims of sexual assault…
Eloise House Evaluation (2019)
This project investigates the development and implementation of the Eloise House. The SAFE Alliance created and administer Eloise House which seeks to provide safe, supportive, and confidential medical assistance…