[Svrilist] SVRI Update: 04 12 07

Sexual Violence Research Initiative svri at mrc.ac.za
Tue Dec 4 19:55:23 SAST 2007

Dear SVRI List Members

To follow is the SVRI Update which contains a variety of sexual violence related research and resources. Please email svri at mrc.ac.za <mailto:svri at mrc.ac.za>  if you would like us to include relevant sexual violence resources and materials in the SVRI Updates. For more information and resources on sexual violence and the Sexual Violence Research Initiative visit www.svri.org <http://www.svri.org/>  

Today's SVRI Update includes the following:
[Summaries directly taken or adapted from source]

I. Websites
II.  Online Resources and Publications
III. Journal Articles
IV. Calls for Submissions
V.  Conferences and Courses - Calls For Papers and Applications
VI. Funders/Funding Opportunities
VII.  Vacancies

I.  Websites

Doctors for Sexual Abuse Care Inc. (DSAC): DSAC is a national organisation of doctors and nurses, formed in 1988, to advance knowledge and improve standards of medical care for those affected by sexual abuse. It is the only professional medical organisation in New Zealand which provides comprehensive training courses in forensic medical examinations for sexual assault. The organisation has produced a number of publications including information pamphlets on aspects of medical care of sexual abuse for adults and children and a quarterly produced National Newsletter for professionals working in this field. [Submitted by H Samuel] These can be accessed at www.dsac.org.nz

National Centre for the Prevention of Violence (ANNA):  ANNA is a Russian based non-governmental, non-profit organization dedicated to the elimination of domestic violence. Through its programs, ANNA provides legal, emotional, psychological, and informational support to domestic violence survivors; conducts educational and prevention programs in the community; works with the medial to raise awareness about this devastating and pervasive problem; and advocates for changes in legislation and public opinion related to violence against women on the local, regional, and national levels. Website:  http://www.owl.ru/anna/index_eng.htm

Resources for HIV/AIDS and Sexual and Reproductive Health Integration: This resource is designed to help you in your efforts to integrate provision of sexual and reproductive health services with activities for preventing and treating HIV/AIDS.  Website:  http://www.hivandsrh.org/index.php

II.  Online Resources and Publications

Violence Against Children In Swaziland. Findings from a National Survey on Violence Against Children in Swaziland, May 15 - June 16, 2007, Avid Reza, Matthew Breiding, Curtis Blanton, James A. Mercy, Linda L. Dahlberg, Mark Anderson & Sapna Bamrah. Published by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Swaziland United Nations Children's Fund, October 2007:  This survey provides, for the first time, national population based estimates that describe the magnitude and nature of the problem of violence experienced by female children in Swaziland. Full report:  http://www.unicef.org/swaziland/sz_publications_2007violenceagainstchildren.pdf

Researching Violence Against Women Online Special Collection, VAWNet, November 2007:  The Internet offers an abundance of information about violence against women, including millions of websites, blogs, and other online resources. However, sifting through web content and finding accurate and useful information can be challenging. This Special Collection on Researching Violence Against Women Online offers guidance that is meant to enhance skills and confidence on the Web, teaching ways to efficiently produce meaningful, relevant results. Access this Special Collection through the "Research" area at: http://www.VAWnet.org

Challenges of Collecting Baseline Data in Emergency Settings. Schlecht, J., Casey, S Forced Migration Review 29. 2007:  Although the humanitarian community acknowledges the need for good quality data in program design and monitoring, the challenges and demands of field settings have too often led to the argument that "we just don't have time," or "it is too difficult." Yet without the allocation of time and resources to the collection of baseline and monitoring data, project activities cannot be grounded in strong evidence from program evaluation.  Website:  http://www.fmreview.org/FMRpdfs/FMR29/68-70.pdf

Doubly Traumatised - Lack of access to justice for female victims of sexual and gender-based violence in northern Uganda, Amnesty International, 2007:  Women who are subject to violence should be provided with access to the mechanisms of justice -- Article 4(d), UN Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women. Read full report:  http://www.amnestyusa.org/document.php?lang=e&id=ENGAFR590052007

CaucAsia Magazine, international coalition of gender journalists N10, October 2007:  This issue of the CaucAsia Magazine focuses on Gender and Criminality.  It includes articles from Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Azerbaijan, Ukraine, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Russia. Download online at: http://www.gmc.ge/images/04KAVKAZIAJ-01E.html

Awareness and Attitudes About Domestic Violence, The Office on Violence Against Women, 2007:  This brief report summarizes findings from 2 focus groups and a telephone poll of 600 women in June, 2006 regarding their views about domestic violence. Demonstrates understanding of domestic violence and attitudes towards accountability and intervention. [Source:  VAWnet :eNewsletter (November/December 2007)]  Online at:  http://new.vawnet.org/category/Documents.php?docid=1162

Drug-facilitated, Incapacitated, and Forcible Rape: A National Study, Dean Kilpatrick, Heidi Resnick, Kenneth Ruggiero, Lauren M. Conoscenti, & Jenna McCauley for the National Criminal Justice Reference Service, July 2007: This study provides important information regarding the lifetime prevalence, past year prevalence, characteristics, and mental health impact of rape among adult women residing in U.S. households as well as among U.S. female college students. [Source:  VAWnet :eNewsletter (November/December 2007)]  Online at:  http://new.vawnet.org/category/Documents.php?docid=1124

Introducing Expert Testimony to Explain Victim Behavior in Sexual and Domestic Violence Prosecutions, Jennifer G. Long for the American Prosecutors Research Institute, 2007:  This monograph sets forth recommended practices for addressing victims behavior in a sexual or domestic violence prosecution, and providing an accurate context in which a jury can evaluate a victim's behavior. [Source:  VAWnet :eNewsletter (November/December 2007)]  Online at:  http://new.vawnet.org/category/Documents.php?docid=1159

Prosecuting Alcohol-Facilitated Sexual Assault by Teresa P. Scalzo for the American Prosecutors Research Institute, 2007: This monograph discusses the prosecution of alcohol-facilitated sexual assault (AFSA) with a specific focus on AFSA when the victim is voluntarily intoxicated.  [Source:  VAWnet :eNewsletter (November/December 2007)]  Online at:  http://new.vawnet.org/category/Documents.php?docid=1160

Victim Responses to Sexual Assault: Counterintuitive or Simply Adaptive? Patricia L. Fanflik for the American Prosecutors Research Institute, 2007: This resource provides information on the different responses that individual who are sexually assaulted display as well as the different coping strategies of victims. [Source:  VAWnet :eNewsletter (November/December 2007)]  Online at:  http://new.vawnet.org/category/Documents.php?docid=1158

When Men Murder Women: An Analysis of 2005 Homicide Data, The Violence Policy Center, 2007: This annual report details national and state-by-state information on female homicides involving one female murder victim and one male offender. [Source:  VAWnet :eNewsletter (November/December 2007)]  Online at:  http://new.vawnet.org/category/Documents.php?docid=1117

Hate-Motivated Sexual Assault on the College Campus: Results From A Canadian Representative Sample Survey, Walter S. DeKeseredy, Barbara Perry, Martin D. Schwartz, 2007:  This paper was presented at the annual meetings of the American Society of Criminology, Atlanta, GA, November 2007. Online link: this article will be available on the Canada page of the SVRI website by end December 2007. If you would like a copy of this article before this please email svri at mrc.ac.za

Global Review of Challenges & Good Practices in Support of Women in Conflict & Post-Conflict Situations, UNFPA, 2007:  This report summarizes the views on assisting displaced women in conflict and post-conflict situations presented at the UNFPA Expert Meeting and Workshop on Displaced Women, held in Hammamet, Tunisia, 21-24 June 2007. Full report:  http://www.unfpa.org/upload/lib_pub_file/724_filename_tunisia.pdf

Benefits and Costs of Prevention and Early Intervention Programs for Youth, Steve Aos, Roxanne Lieb, Jim Mayfield, Marna Miller, and Annie Pennucci for the Washington State Institute for Public Policy, 2004:  This report describes findings and analysis regarding the cost-effectiveness of research-based prevention and early intervention programs for youth with a demonstrated ability to achieve 7 outcomes including reduction in child abuse and domestic violence. [Source:  VAWnet :eNewsletter (November/December 2007)]  Online at:  http://new.vawnet.org/category/Documents.php?docid=1161

Intervening with perpetrators of intimate partner violence : a global perspective, Emily F. Rothman, Alexander Butchart, Magdalena Cerdá. World Health Organisation, 2003:   This report attempts to provide a comprehensive resource book that delineates the type of intervention occurring in different nations, that describes the approach and training of the interventionists, or communicates the results of evaluations.  It indexes fifty-six programmes for men who batter from around the world, including programmes in high-, middle- and low income nations.  Full report:  http://www.endingviolence.com/download/whostudy.pdf

III. Journal Articles

Consent and Coercion: Examining Unwanted Sex among Married Young Women in India. Santhya, K. G.; Haberland, Nicole; Ram, F.; Sinha, R. K.; Mohanty, S. K.. International Family Planning Perspectives. Vol. 33(3):124-132. 2007:  Although there is a growing body of research examining the issue of nonconsensual sex among adolescents, few studies have looked at coerced sex within marriage in settings where early marriage is common, or at sex that may not be perceived as forced, but that is unwanted. Results of this study showed that 12% of married young women experienced unwanted sex frequently and 32% experience it occasionally. [Source: Arrow] Available online at: http://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/journals/3312407.pdf

Thinking Critically About Rural Gender Relations: Toward a Rural Masculinity Crisis/Male Peer Support Model of Separation/Divorce Sexual Assault, DeKeseredy, W., Donnermeyer, J.F. (et al.) Critical Criminology, Springer Netherlands, vol. 15, no. 4, pp. 295-311, 2007:  After decades of neglect, a growing number of scholars have turned their attention to issues of crime and criminal justice in the rural context. Despite this improvement, rural crime research is underdeveloped theoretically, and is little informed by critical criminological perspectives. In this article, we introduce the broad tenets of a multi-level theory that links social and economic change to the reinforcement of rural patriarchy and male peer support, and in turn, how they are linked to separation/divorce sexual assault. [Submitted by WS DeKeseredy] Full abstract:  http://springerlink.com/content/f653213m73081632/

Battered bodies and shattered minds: Violence against women in Bangladesh. Wahed T, Bhuiya A. Indian J Med Res; 126(4): 341-54. 2007: Violence against women is a common and insidious phenomenon in Bangladesh. The types of violence commonly committed are domestic violence, acid throwing, rape, trafficking and forced prostitution.  [Source: SafetyLit] Full abstract:  http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5b%5d=citjournalarticle_79964_20

Child Abuse and Health-Related Quality of Life in Adulthood.  Afifi TO, Enns MW, Cox BJ, de Graaf R, ten Have M, Sareen J. J Nerv Ment Dis; 195(10): 797-804. 2007:  Past research has indicated that child abuse is related to mental and physical health conditions and that mental and physical health conditions are related to decreased health-related quality of life (HRQOL). However, little is known about the independent relationship between child abuse and HRQOL. [Source: SafetyLit] Full abstract:  http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5b%5d=citjournalarticle_79935_20

Hiding behind the cloth: child sexual abuse and the Catholic Church.  Dale KA, Alpert JL. J Child Sex Abuse; 16(3): 59-74.  2007: The existence of child sexual abuse within the Catholic Church has shocked many. In this article, the authors review the history of child sexual abuse in the church, the recent events that brought this tragedy into societal consciousness, and the efforts by the church to conceal the abuse. [Source: SafetyLit] Full abstract:  http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5b%5d=citjournalarticle_79927_20

Interpreting the intentions of Internet predators: An examination of online predatory behavior.  Marcum CD. J Child Sex Abuse; 16(4): 99-114. 2007:  Internet predators are finding new ways to prey on the vulnerabilities of youth in chat rooms and lure them into sexual activities. This study will examine three chat room transcripts between adult predators and adult volunteers of the group "Perverted Justice" posing as youth. [Source: SafetyLit] Full abstract:  http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5b%5d=citjournalarticle_79931_20

Intimate Partner Violence Exposure and Change in Women's Physical Symptoms Over Time. Gerber MR, Wittenberg E, Ganz ML, Williams CM, McCloskey LA. J Gen Intern Med 2007:  Internet predators are finding new ways to prey on the vulnerabilities of youth in chat rooms and lure them into sexual activities. This study will examine three chat room transcripts between adult predators and adult volunteers of the group "Perverted Justice" posing as youth. [Source: SafetyLit] Full abstract:  http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5b%5d=citjournalarticle_79931_20

Long-Term Effects of Childhood Abuse on the Quality of Life and Health of Older People: Results from the Depression and Early Prevention of Suicide in General Practice Project.  Draper B, Pfaff JJ, Pirkis J, Snowdon J, Lautenschlager NT, Wilson I, Almeida OP. J Am Geriatr Soc 2007:  To determine whether childhood physical and sexual abuse are associated with poor mental and physical health outcomes in older age.  [Source: SafetyLit] Full abstract:  http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5b%5d=citjournalarticle_79973_20

Mandatory reporting of childhood sexual abuse in Israel: What happens after the report?. Oz S, Balshan D. J Child Sex Abuse; 16(4): 1-22. 2007:  This paper presents six cases of suspected sexual abuse to demonstrate some of the inconsistency in responses to reports within the Israeli system.  [Source: SafetyLit] Full abstract:  http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5b%5d=citjournalarticle_79929_20

IV. Calls for Submissions

Call for Submissions - Family Violence Prevention and Health Practice ejournal: The Family Violence Prevention and Health Practice ejournal invites you to submit manuscripts on addressing family violence in health care and public health settings. The next issue will look at the relationship between childhood and adult sexual and physical violence and obesity. The Family Violence Prevention and Health Practice are currently soliciting manuscripts on this topic including research, feature articles, brief reports describing programs that integrate violence prevention into obesity prevention initiatives, and commentaries on the intersection between violence and obesity and the implications for programs working to address these highly correlated health risks and related health issues such as diabetes. For information on submission guidelines go to the information for contributors tab of the journal: http://www.endabuse.org/health/ejournal/reviewers/.

V.  Conferences and Courses - Calls For Papers and Applications

Prevention Connection Web Conference - Toward a Community Solution: Advancing Primary Prevention of Violence Against Women December 12, 2007 - 2pm Eastern Time (11am Pacific Time):   Register at: http://www.preventconnect.org

Call for Proposals: 2008 Sexual Violence and Victim Services Conference, Deauville Beach Resort-Miami Beach, Florida, June 18-20, 2008:  The Florida Network of Victim Witness Services and the Florida Council Against Sexual Violence are pleased to announce a call for proposals for the 2008 annual conference.  This year's theme is "We All Have A Voice. Listen."  Presentations, workshops, and panel discussions on aspects of sexual violence and victim services are being sought.  Proposals involving interactive, skill-building workshops are especially encouraged.  For more information visit the  Florida Council Against Sexual Violence website at www.fcasv.org

Call for Abstracts - Reproductive Health in Emergencies Conference 2008, June 18-20 2008 at Speke Conference Centre in Kampala, Uganda:  Deadline for abstracts - January 31, 2008. For more information or to submit an abstract using our online submissions tool, please visit the RH in Emergencies Conference 2008 website at http://www.rhinemergenciesconference.org/2008.

11th AWID International Forum on Women's Rights and Development, The Power of Movements, Cape Town, South Africa, November 14-17, 2008:  Up to 1,500 women's rights activists from around the world will gather in Cape Town, South Africa to debate and strategize about how to build stronger women's movements globally. We invite you to contribute to this urgent discussion by submitting a proposal to organize a session at the 11th AWID forum: The Power of Movements. Proposals due 28 January 2008.  More information online at:  http://www.awid.org/forum08

VI. Funders/Funding Opportunities

Call for Applications - United Nations Democracy Fund Second Round of Funding - Gender:  UNDEF was established in July 2005 as a United Nations General Trust Fund. Its primary purpose is to promote democracy. UNDEF funds projects that build and strengthen democratic institutions, promote human rights, and ensure the participation of all groups in democratic processes. The invitation for proposals for the second round of funding is available on the UNDEF website from 15 November 2007 to 18 December 2007. Only on-line applications will be accepted and they may be submitted either in English or French. The application procedure is described in the Project Proposal Guidelines available on the UNDEF website: http://www.un.org/democracyfund

The Ford Foundation International Fellowships Program (IFP): The Ford Foundation International Fellowships Program (IFP) provides opportunities for advanced study to exceptional individuals who will use this education to become leaders in their respective fields, furthering development in their own countries and greater economic and social justice worldwide. More information online at: http://www.fordfound.org/news/more/ 11272000ifp/index.cfm

VII.  Vacancies

International Consultant SCR 1325 / UNIFEM Regional Office for Central and Eastern Europe / Closing date: December 10, 2007. [Source: AWID Jobs: Week of 03 December 2007] More information:  http://www.unifem.sk/index.cfm?Module=Static=w=jobsi

Advisor on Sharia, Women's Rights Division / Human Rights Watch / Location: TBD / Apply Immediately. [Source: AWID Jobs: Week of 03 December 2007] More information:  http://www.hrw.org/jobs, http://www.hrw.org/jobs/docs/2007/08/10/usint16632.htm

Humanitarian HIV Coordinator / Oxfam GB / Various Locations / Closing date: December 16, 2007. [Source: AWID Jobs: Week of 03 December 2007] More information:  http://www.i-grasp.com/fe/tpl_oxfam.asp?newms=jj=26494

Research Fellow, Participation, Power Social Change Team / Institute of Development Studies (IDS), the University of Sussex / Brighton, Sussex, UK / Closing date: January 07, 2008. [Source: AWID Jobs: Week of 03 December 2007] For more information and the Application Form, please visit: http://www.ids.ac.uk => "Jobs" section

Research Fellows, Information Department / Institute of Development Studies (IDS), the University of Sussex / Brighton, Sussex, UK / Closing date: February 15, 2008. [Source: AWID Jobs: Week of 03 December 2007] For more information and the Application Form, please visit: http://www.ids.ac.uk => "Jobs" section

Research and Evaluation Manager, Population and Social Transitions Team / International Center for Research on Women (ICRW)/ Washington, DC, USA. [Source: AWID Jobs: Week of 03 December 2007] More information:  http://www.icrw.org/html/jobs/research-evaluation-manager.htm

Social Science Researcher, Population and Social Transitions / International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) / Washington, DC, USA. [Source: AWID Jobs: Week of 03 December 2007] More information:  http://www.icrw.org/html/jobs/Soc_Sci_Res_Pop_Soc_Transition.htm

Project Director, Women Moving Millions / The Women's Funding Network / San Francisco, CA, USA / Apply ASAP. [Source: AWID Jobs: Week of 03 December 2007] More information:  http://www.wfnet.org/about_wfn/jobs.php

Director, the United Nations Office / The Women's International League for Peace and Freedom / New York, NY, USA / Closing date: December 15, 2007. [Source: AWID Jobs: Week of 03 December 2007] A detailed job description is available upon request. Website: http://www.wilpf.int.ch, http://www.peacewomen.org

Advocacy and Armed Conflict Specialist, International Women's Program / The Open Society Institute - New York / New York, NY, USA / Closing date: December 10, 2007. [Source: AWID Jobs: Week of 03 December 2007] More information:  http://www.soros.org/about/careers


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