[Svrilist] SVRI Resources and News

Sexual Violence Research Initiative svri at mrc.ac.za
Fri Oct 27 10:04:52 SAST 2006

Dear SVRI List Members

To follow is a special SVRI Resources and News Update, which includes
details on the following:

I.  New SVRI Resources

II. SVRI Website is now available in Spanish!
III. SVRI Activities at Forum 10, Global Forum for Health Research
IV. SVRI List Update

I.  New SVRI Resources

The SVRI has recently completed and put up on our website the following
two documents, which we thought you might be interested in:

How to Conduct a Situation Analysis of Health Services for Sexual
Violence Survivors:  This guide provides you with the tools and outlines
the steps to take when embarking on a national situation analysis of
sexual assault services.  It is hoped that people using the guide will
feedback lessons learned and experiences to the Sexual Violence Research
Initiative (SVRI) to promote continuous learning and development of the
tools.  We would appreciate your thoughts on the guide, and in
particular the tools, how they worked in your setting, ways they were
adapted and how the guide and the tools can be improved or made more
generalisable.  The guide can be downloaded from:
http://www.svri.org/analysis.htm.   Please send questions and comments
on the tools to the Sexual Violence Research Initiative: svri at mrc.ac.za.

Sexual Violence Research Agenda:  The SVRI has developed a research
agenda for sexual violence. The Research Agenda was informed by a review
of published literature on sexual violence; a series of SVRI facilitated
international expert meetings and discussions, as well as
recommendations arising from the following chapters of the World Report
on Violence and Health: sexual violence; child abuse and neglect by
parents and other caregivers; and self-directed violence.  The aim of
this sexual violence research agenda is to focus attention on and funnel
limited resources to redress knowledge gaps.  It is envisaged that the
agenda will be an important resource for researchers; funders/donor
agencies; policy makers; service planners and gender and human rights
advocates.  The Sexual Violence Research Agenda can be downloaded at:


Please email the SVRI off-list (svri at mrc.ac.za) with your postal details
if you would like us to send you a hard copy of these publications.


II. SVRI Website is now available in Spanish!

We are pleased to announce that key sections of the SVRI site are now
available in Spanish.  You can access the Spanish version of the site by
visiting the following link: http://www.svri.org/es/ or by clicking on
the word Espanol on the Welcome page of the SVRI website.

III. SVRI Activities at Forum 10, Global Forum For Health Research

For those of you who will be attending Forum 10 in Cairo, we would like
to invite you to the following SVRI activities:

SVRI Paper Presentation:  Evaluating sexual violence services: A
research methodology for exploring the understandings of service
providers, Gender Equality and Health Session, 30 October 2006,
11.15-12.45pm:  Services for women who have experienced sexual violence
that are informed by feminist, women-centered philosophies of service
provision have now been in existence since the 1970s. Very little
evaluation of these services, however, has occurred from the perspective
of service users and even less from that of service providers.  This
paper will reports findings to date of an online international survey
conducted by the Sexual Violence Research Initiative on service
providers' understandings and reflections regarding the provision of
sexual violence services.  

Launch: Sexual Violence Research Initiative, SVRI Stall, Forum 10 Market
Place, 30 October 2006, 3.30-4.15pm:  The Sexual Violence Research
Initiative plans to hold it's official launch today!   We have arranged
for Dr Pramilla Senanayake, Chair, Global Forum for Health Research,
Foundation Council; Professor Lenore Manderson, one of Australia's
leading medical anthropologists; and Professor Rachel Jewkes, Director
Medical Research Council, Gender and Health Research Unit and Executive
Secretary of the SVRI, to talk briefly on the issue of sexual violence
and research.  Please join us at the SVRI stall in the Forum 10 Market

SVRI Special Session:  Sexual Violence in the Middle East, 30 October
2006, 6-7.30pm:  The New Woman Foundation, in collaboration with Sexual
Violence Research Initiative will hold a special session on the Response
of the Medico-legal System to Sexual Violence in Arab Countries.
Deliberations will be in both Arabic and English and simultaneous
translations are provided. 

We hope you will join us!

IV.  SVRI List Update

I will be representing the SVRI at a number of meetings over the next
two weeks so there will be very little activity on the list during this
period. The SVRI list will be back to normal by mid-November.  

We would like to encourage you to widely circulate and share the SVRI
resources and information provided in this update.  

Sexual violence is a global issue that requires coordinated
evidence-based responses.

The Sexual Violence Research Initiative, an initiative of the Global
Forum for Health Research, is hosted by the Medical Research Council,
South Africa.  The SVRI aims to promote research on sexual violence and
generate empirical data to ensure sexual violence is recognized as a
legitimate public health problem.  If you want to know more about the
SVRI visit our website www.svri.org <http://www.svri.org/>  or contact
us at svri at mrc.ac.za. To unsubscribe from the list, email svri at mrc.ac.za

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