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Counselors in Rape Crisis Centers (RCCs) provide crucial services to survivors of sexual violence. However, little is known about RCCs, including the treatment goals and assessment strategies of counselors. Counselors in all Texas RCCs (N=83) were invited to participate in a web-based survey. Participants were asked to indicate which treatment goals they frequently identified and assessed, as well as their usual assessment techniques. Counselors endorsed treatment goals around self-esteem, empowerment, and relational functioning, along with trauma and mental health. Fewer counselors endorsed goals around drugs/alcohol, or school/work/sexual functioning. Counselors in urban settings were more likely to endorse goals related to mental health. Gaps were noted between counselors’ goals and how often outcomes are assessed. Increasing the use of assessments in practice could promote the provision of effective services and increase access to funding. [This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. DOI: 10.1891/0886-6708.33.6.1055 The published Version of this work is available at:]


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