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Active listening is one of the most important skills we use as advocates. We may be the only person in a survivor’s life that they can speak to about their experiences of sexual violence, work through issues related to the abuse, and share ways that systems of oppression have impacted their experiences. When we actively listen to survivors we show compassion and support. This is the heart of advocacy and it won’t ever steer you wrong.

This tip sheet will provide information about the four main skills involved in active listening: Reflecting, Encouraging, Summarizing, and Exploring, along with examples.