[Svrilist] SVRI Update: 06 11 07

Sexual Violence Research Initiative svri at mrc.ac.za
Tue Nov 6 12:01:43 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. Tools
IV.  Journal Articles
V. New SVRI Publications
VI.  Funding Resources / Materials
VII.  Events
VIII.  Scholarships
IX. Vacancies

I.  Websites:

Prevention Connection:  Prevention Connection is a USA based on-line project to advance primary prevention of violence against women. Website:  http://www.preventconnect.org/

Accessing Safety Initiative:  the Accessing Safety Initiative helps organizations and communities meet the needs of women with disabilities & Deaf women who are victims or survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, & stalking. Website: http://www.accessingsafety.org/

II.  Online Resources and Publications:

Getting Reparations Right for Survivors of Sexual Violence, Sierra Leone, Amnesty International, 2007: this  report focuses specifically on reparations for survivors of sexual abuse, which mainly affects women and girls from rural areas in Sierra Leone. Amnesty International examines the social and individual effects of sexual violence, the failure of the government to provide measures to address its impact, including justice and reparations, and the need for the government to implement a comprehensive and effective reparations programme to get reparations right for victims of sexual violence. Online at: http://web.amnesty.org/library/index/engafr510052007 

D.S. Lee, L. Guy, B. Perry, C. K. Sniffen, S. A. Mixson, Sexual Violence Prevention, The Prevention Researcher, Volume 14(2), pp. 15-20, 2007: this article highlights the foundations of effective sexual violence prevention that draw from both the feminist movement and from research based approaches in field such as public health. Full article: http://www.preventconnect.org/articles/lee%202007%20Sexual%20Violence%20Prevention.pdf

Domestic Violence Enhanced Home Visitation Program - DOVE, Keisha S. Walker; Kimberly Hill;  Etasha Crowder; Phyllis Sharps. Family Violence Prevention and Health Practice, Issue 6, October 2007:  The Domestic Violence Enhanced Home Visitation Program (DOVE) is an intervention designed to reduce maternal and infant/toddler exposure to intimate partner violence. Read more:  http://endabuse.org/health/ejournal/archive/1-6/dove.php

A New Demonstration Project for Children and Youth Exposed to Domestic Violence, Barbara Nissley, & Nancy Durborow, Family Violence Prevention and Health Practice, Issue 6, October 2007:  The Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence implements a demonstration program with advocates who support non-abusing parents and children exposed to domestic violence through a multi-pronged approach with home visits and community-based services. Opportunities and challenges of doing dual advocacy with mothers and children outside of the shelter setting are discussed. Read more:  http://endabuse.org/health/ejournal/archive/1-6/dv_project_demo.php

Improving Response to Partner Violence. Julie Goodrich &  Chris Sorvari, Family Violence Prevention and Health Practice, Issue 6, October 2007:  A home visitation demonstration project for pregnant and postpartum women in Oregon shares its experiences with developing and implementing a domestic violence screening tool. The unique needs and barriers to addressing domestic violence during home visits are described. Read full article: http://endabuse.org/health/ejournal/archive/1-6/improving_response.php

III.  Tools:

Form for Evaluating Police Response to Rape and Sexual Assault by Women's Justice Centre:  The form was designed by the Women's Justice Centre for use by victims of rape and sexual assault, for use by advocates, and by law enforcement. It's designed to help you evaluate the police response to your individual rape or sexual assault case. Or it can be used as a means to provide feedback to your police department and your communities on how police response to rape and sexual assault can be improved.  Read more: http://www.justicewomen.com/help_rape_evaluation.html

IV.  Journal Articles:

Long-term impact of adolescent dating violence on the behavioral and psychological health of male and female youth. Ackard DM, Eisenberg ME, Neumark-Sztainer D. J Pediatr; 151(5): 476-81. 2007: This study aims to evaluate the long-term impact of adolescent dating violence (ADV) on behavioral and psychological health. [Source: SafetyLit] Full abstract: http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5b%5d=citjournalarticle_78015_20

Making Meaning of Relationships: Young Women's Experiences and Understandings of Dating Violence. Chung D. Violence Against Women 2007:  This article discusses young womens experiences and understandings of dating and dating violence. The findings are drawn from research interviews with young women, aged 14 to 18 years, in Adelaide, South Australia. [Source: SafetyLit] Full abstract: http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5b%5d=citjournalarticle_78039_20

V.  New SVRI Publications:

Promoting and Strengthening Research Skills/Networks On Sexual Violence, New Delhi, India, 24-28 September 2007: the SVRI recently facilitated a very successful workshop in India. The workshop aim was to strengthen research capacity among SVRI members to develop evidence based, locally relevant research agendas in the area of sexual violence, and to promote research on sexual violence through the creation of regional research networks and research proposals. 19 participants from across the world came together to discuss and share their ideas and experiences regarding research on sexual violence. The workshop agenda and associated presentations can be accessed online via the following link:  http://www.svri.org/workshop.htm

VI.  Funding Resources / Materials:

Action Plan for Sida's Work Against Gender-Based Violence 2008-2010:  The overall objective of Sida's action plan is to contribute to a reduction of gender-based violence and to promote the rights and the economic and political empowerment of those subject to gender-based violence - mainly women and girls - in Sida's partner countries and in humanitarian assistance.  Full document: http://www.coe.int/t/pace/campaign/stopviolence/Source/action_plan_sida_gender_based_violence_en.pdf

VII.  Events:

Call for Participation: The 11'th AWID International Forum on Women's Rights and Development (Nov 14-17, 2008):  From 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 11'th AWID Forum: The Power of Movements. To submit your proposal online, please visit www.awid.org/forum08

The Survivors Trust 2nd National Conference, Living on the edge Sexual violence and abuse in context, Warwick University, United Kingdom, 10th and 11th December 2007:  The Survivors Trust's 2007 National Conference aims to bring together the social and health support needs of sexual violence/abuse survivors in an increasing climate of change for abuse service provision. Read more: http://www.thesurvivorstrust.org/info/conferences-and-events.aspx

For more events visit:  http://www.svri.org/calendar.htm

VIII.  Scholarships:

Working to Advance African Women (WAAW) Foundation Scholarship:  WAAW Foundation is pleased to announce its very first scholarship program, offering $500/year for need-based female African students admitted to a University, College or institute of higher learning in Africa. Scholarships are renewable annually, following proof of the student's continued academic performance. Application deadline for 2008 scholarship applications is the 15th of December. Visit the WAAW foundation web site at to for more information and the application form: http://www.waawfoundation.org/scholarship.htm

IX.  Vacancies:

Moderator / The Association for Women's Rights in Development AWID) / Home Location / Deadline extended to: November 09, 2007. [Source: AWID Jobs: Week of 05 November 2007] For more information visit:  http://www.awid.org

Programme Specialist / UNIFEM / Bujumbura, Burundi  / Closing date: November 23, 2007. [Source: AWID Jobs: Week of 05 November 2007] For more information visit:  http://jobs.undp.org/cj_view_job.cfm?job_id=3034

Coordinator, UN Action against Sexual Violence in Conflict / UNIFEM / New York, NY, USA / Closing date: November 20, 2007. [Source: AWID Jobs: Week of 05 November 2007] For more information visit:  http://jobs.undp.org/cj_view_job.cfm?job_id=2998

Programme Specialist, Latin America and the Caribbean / UNIFEM / New York, NY, USA / Closing date: November 13, 2007. [Source: AWID Jobs: Week of 05 November 2007] For more information visit:  http://jobs.undp.org/cj_view_job.cfm?job_id=2948

Social Development and Gender Advisor / UNDP / East Jerusalem, Palestinian Territories / Closing date: November 16, 2007. [Source: AWID Jobs: Week of 05 November 2007] For more information visit:  http://jobs.undp.org/cj_view_job.cfm?job_id=3005

Women in Leadership Program Officer / UNIFEM Afghanistan / Kabul, Afghanistan / Closing date: November 11, 2007. [Source: AWID Jobs: Week of 05 November 2007] For more information visit:  http://afghanistan.unifem.org/jobs.html


Gender and Media Knowledge and Research Manager / Gender Links / Johannesburg, South Africa / Closing date: November 16, 2007. [Source: AWID Jobs: Week of 05 November 2007] For more information visit:  www.genderlinks.org.za

Advisor on Family and Community Health with focus in Sexual and Reproductive Health / Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) / La Paz, Bolivia / Closing date: November 26, 2007. [Source: AWID Jobs: Week of 05 November 2007] For more information visit:  http://www.who.int/employment/vacancies/en => click on position title

Regional Adviser (Gender, Women, and Reproductive Health) / World Health Organization (WHO) / Manila, Philippines / Closing date: November 11, 2007. [Source: AWID Jobs: Week of 05 November 2007] For more information visit:  http://www.who.int/employment/vacancies/en => click on position title

Technical Officer (Gender, Women and Health Department) / World Health Organization (WHO) / Geneva, Switzerland / Closing date: November 17, 2007. [Source: AWID Jobs: Week of 05 November 2007] For more information visit:  http://www.who.int/employment/vacancies/en => click on position title

Executive Director / The International Women's Rights Action Watch Asia Pacific (IWRAW Asia Pacific) / Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia / Closing date: November 30, 2007. [Source: AWID Jobs: Week of 05 November 2007] For more information visit:  http://www.iwraw-ap.org/aboutus/staff.htm

Program Manager / The Egyptian Center for Women's Rights / Cairo, Egypt. [Source: AWID Jobs: Week of 05 November 2007] For more information visit: www.ecwregypt.org 

Director of Development / International Women's Health Coalition (IWHC) / New York, NY, USA. [Source: AWID Jobs: Week of 05 November 2007] For more information visit:  http://www.iwhc.org/jobs.cfm#director




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