Triage Tool for identification, care and referral of victims of sexual violence at European asylum reception and accommodation initiatives

By September 7, 2021 September 8th, 2021 News

The Triage Tool for identification, care and referral of victims of sexual violence at European asylum reception and accommodation initiatives was developed under the INHeRE project (Inclusive holistic care for refugee and migrant victims of sexual violence in Belgium, the United Kingdom and Ireland).

Despite the high prevalence of sexual violence among Migrants, Applicants for international protection and Refugees (MAR), sexual violence is rarely disclosed and/or reported, specifically in the setting of asylum reception and accommodation initiatives. In order to meet the unique needs of MAR victims by providing initial care and eventually referring them to inclusive and holistic services, professionals working in asylum reception and accommodation initiatives should be supported to adapt their approaches, build knowledge and refine their skills.

This Triage Tool is designed to facilitate this process and can assist and guide professionals in noticing behaviours and situations that are potentially indicative of sexual victimization.

The Tool consists of four different sections:

  • The first section touches upon the definition and the different types of sexual violence in a migration context. Prevalence, risk factors and the impact of sexual
    violence as well as the provision of inclusive, holistic care is explained in this section.
  • The second section focuses on the identification of potential victims of sexual violence.
  • The third section focuses on practical care and referral pathways.
  • Guidelines for management and infrastructural organisation of housing facilities for applicants for international protection are attached in a
    fourth section.

This tool is developed in four different languages, including English, French, Italian and Dutch.