The relationship between sexual violence and substance use is cyclical. Individuals who have experienced sexual violence are more likely to use substances, and individuals who use substances are at higher risk for sexual violence. Individually, these experiences carry a lot of stigma and shame. When a victim/survivor has experienced both, the stigma can be hard to overcome and may prevent their ability to seek services.

In this presentation, participants will learn ways to incorporate harm reduction principles into their everyday anti-violence work to increase their capacity to serve survivors who use substances and strengthen their ability to provide holistic person-centered care. Additionally, participants will learn how to recognize and reverse an opioid overdose using Naloxone.


Ashley Taylor-Gougé

Area of Focus

Advocacy and Intervention for Survivors