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Neighborhood Community Peace Circle

In recognition of International Day of Peace, we're partnering with Connected Chicago to hold a peace circle on Thursday, September 21st from 10:00-11:30am at our Austin Community Office.  This space is for members of the Austin neighborhood to meet one another,...

Protect Our Community #DefendDACA

RVA believes all people have the right to safety and compassion. Immigrant families are some of the most vulnerable in our society who need to be supported, now and always. We will continue to fight for the rights of our clients and our community, and we encourage...

Statement from Director of Programs and Public Policy

It is incredibly troubling when the narratives of survivors are undermined by the perception that 90% of sexual assaults fall into categories that appear less than what society believes constitutes actual rape. Only 2-8% of rapes are falsely reported [1]. This is...

“Rape And Sexual Assault: Renewed Call To Action” Report

The “Rape And Sexual Assault: Renewed Call To Action” report was recently removed from the White House website. We believe in access to information and expect transparency from the administration around the removal of vital resources – in this case, mainly nonpartisan...

Labor Day Closing

All RVA offices will be closed Monday, September 4th in observance of Labor Day. 24 hour crisis support to our partner hospitals will continue to be provided during this time. If you need to speak with someone immediately, please call the Chicago Rape Crisis Hotline...

Women’s Support Group 9/20-12/6

This 12-week group is for female identified survivors impacted by sexual violence. This will be a safe, supportive space where survivors can help one another, share ideas, and get new information. The group will be survivor centered and directed. When: September 20th...

Taylor Swift Won and the World was Watching

Taylor Swift’s trial brought sexual violence into the limelight and her refusal to back down or be guilted showed the world she will not be silenced – and neither will we.  We all play a role in creating a world free of sexual violence. The voices of supporters, like...

Making Matters 9/19

Open to survivors, their loved ones, trauma workers/volunteers, allies and everyone in between. Making Matters welcomes self-exploration, healing, solidarity, community building, and self-care through art making while empowering participants to be in control of their...

RVA is Hiring!

RVA is now hiring for the following positions: Director of Development Director of Advocacy Services Austin Legal/Medical Advocate Austin Youth Educator and Counselor Case Management Specialist (Bilingual) Central Counselor (Bilingual) Central/Northside Counselor...

Reiki Clinic 9/27

RVA, in partnership with The Awakenings Foundation, is pleased to hold our fourth Reiki Clinic. RVA’s Reiki Clinic is an open space where individuals can come for a free Reiki session from a trauma-informed Reiki practitioner. Reiki is a Japanese energy healing...

Making Matters 8/15

Open to survivors, their loved ones, trauma workers/volunteers, allies and everyone in between. Making Matters welcomes self-exploration, healing, solidarity, community building, and self-care through art making while empowering participants to be in control of their...

Fall 2017 Volunteer Training Info

The deadline for our fall volunteer training class is October 2nd. Orientation sessions are by invitation only and will be held October 9th, 10th, or 12th from 5:30pm – 9:30pm. Training dates are October 23rd through November 30th, every Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday...

Pressing Pause: A Discussion about Music and Sexism 8/5

Join RVA on Saturday, August 5th from 2:00-3:30pm at the Maze Branch Library for an open discussion. This workshop for teens and adults will center around the messages we hear in music.             We’ll look at genres, lyrics, and videos...

OurMusicMyBody Campaign Highlighted in Chicago Tribune

RVA Prevention Educator, Kat Stuehrk, was interviewed by Chicago Tribune's Jessi Roti about OurMusicMyBody and combating sexual violence at music festivals. Excerpt: RVA partnered with nonprofit, domestic violence agency Between Friends to develop the OurMusicMyBody...

Meeting in the Middle 7/29

Back by popular demand! Join RVA as we discuss emotional labor, assertive communication, and how to utilize these skills within relationships affected by trauma. This workshop will explore what emotional labor is, how to balance emotional labor, and how to communicate...

Making Matters 7/18

Open to survivors, their loved ones, trauma workers/volunteers, allies and everyone in between. Making Matters welcomes self-exploration, healing, solidarity, community building, and self-care through art making while empowering participants to be in control of their...