Guidelines for a Survivor-Centered Approach in Service Provision

1. The survivor’s wishes, safety, and well-being should take precedence in all matters.
2. As professionals, you are there to advocate for the survivors you serve.
3. Avoid activities that can ostracize a victim, mirror the behavior of a trafficker, or limit choices for the survivor during the recovery process.
4. Be sure to respect a survivor’s own choices even if you disagree (i.e. dignity of risk).
5. Remember to recognize the potential risks when working with survivors.
6. Take great care to make survivors feel welcomed and safe.