Sexual Violence Research Project

Traumatic events such as rape or other forms of sexual violence cause both short-term and long-term stress reactions. People who experience sexual violence are at a greater risk of developing a mental health condition, and individuals with a range of mental health concerns are at increased risk of experiencing sexual violence. Therefore, the need is great for highly effective initiatives that can better serve the needs of the NAMI community in North Carolina.

Our Approach

Work collaboratively with stakeholders across the state including The North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault (NC CASA)  to examine the intersections of mental illness and sexual violence in North Carolina.  

Our program goals include:

  • Identify general attitudes, training, and practices about the intersection of sexual violence and mental health at Rape Crisis Centers and NAMI Affiliates across the state.
  • Develop tools, resources, and training for NAMI North Carolina community members, and service providers to improve their ability to identify and respond effectively to individuals who have experienced sexual violence.
  • Organize regional coalition meetings with stakeholders and advocates working in the areas of sexual violence and mental health.