[Svrilist] SVRI Update: 19 11 07

Sexual Violence Research Initiative svri at mrc.ac.za
Mon Nov 19 11:58:40 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 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. Events
V.  Scholarships / Funding Opportunities
VI. Vacancies

I.  Websites:

Project Respect:  Project Respect are a group of youth and adults who work together to prevent sexualized violence. Website:  http://www.yesmeansyes.com/index.php

National Sexual Violence Resource Center: The National Sexual Violence Resource Center serves as the nation's principle information and resource center regarding all aspects of sexual violence. Website:  http://www.nsvrc.org/

Australian Domestic and Family Violence Clearing House:  The Australian Domestic and Family Violence Clearinghouse is a national resource on issues of domestic violence and family violence. It provides a central point for the collection and dissemination of Australian domestic and family violence policy, practice and research. Website:  http://www.austdvclearinghouse.unsw.edu.au/about%20us.htm

Women With Disabilities Australia (WWDA):  Women With Disabilities Australia (WWDA) is the peak organisation for women with all types of disabilities in Australia. It is an organiastion made up of women with disabilities and associated organisations. Website:  http://www.wwda.org.au/contents.htm

Domestic Violence and Incest Resource Centre: DVIRC is a statewide service in Victoria, Australia. DVIRC aims to reduce and prevent family violence by providing education to improve service and policy responses, and by assisting people who have experienced abuse. Website: http://www.dvirc.org.au

2.  Online Resources and Publications:

Banyard, V.L. Plante, E. Moynihan M. Rape Prevention Through Bystander Education: Bringing a Broader Community Perspective to Sexual Violence Prevention. NCJRS, 2005:  The sexual violence prevention program evaluated uses a community of responsibility model to teach women and men how to intervene safely and effectively in cases of sexual violence before, during, and after incidents with strangers, acquaintances, or friends. The program varies from other prevention programs in that it does not address men as potential perpetrators or women as potential victims. Rather it approaches both women and men as potential bystanders or witnesses to behaviors related to sexual violence. Full report:  http://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/nij/grants/208701.pdf

Global Directory, Gender Methodologies Database, United Nations International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women - UN INSTRAW:  http://www.un-instraw.org/en/research-methodologies.html

Global Directory of Gender, Peace & Security Research Institutions - United Nations International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women - INSTRAW [Source: WUNRN]:  http://www.un-instraw.org/en/peace-and-security.html

3.  Journal Articles:

"You're not a victim of domestic violence, are you?" Provider patient communication about domestic violence. Rhodes KV, Frankel RM, Levinthal N, et al Ann Intern Med. Nov 6;147(9):620-7. 2007:  Women who are victims of domestic violence frequently seek care in an emergency department. However, it is challenging to hold sensitive conversations in this environment. This study aims to describe communication about domestic violence between emergency providers and female patients. Full abstract:  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/entrez?Db=pubmed&Cmd=ShowDetailView&TermToSearch=17975184&ordinalpos=32&itool=EntrezSystem2.PEntrez.Pubmed.Pubmed_ResultsPanel.Pubmed_RVDocSum

Pleasure and Orgasm in Women with Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C). Catania L, Abdulcadir O, Puppo V, et al J Sex Med. Nov;4(6):1666-78. 2007:  The aim of this report is to describe and analyze the results of four investigations on sexual functioning in different groups of cut women.  Full abstract:  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/entrez?Db=pubmed&Cmd=ShowDetailView&TermToSearch=17970975&ordinalpos=3&itool=EntrezSystem2.PEntrez.Pubmed.Pubmed_ResultsPanel.Pubmed_RVDocSum

Predicting women's perceptions of domestic violence and sexual assault agency helpfulness: what matters to program clients? Zweig JM, Burt MR. Violence Against Women. Nov;13(11):1149-78. 2007:  Study goals were to assess if community agency interactions, the characteristics of services provided by staff, and the combinations of services received can predict women's perceptions of victim service helpfulness around domestic violence and sexual assault. Abstract:  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/entrez?Db=pubmed&Cmd=ShowDetailView&TermToSearch=17951590&ordinalpos=71&itool=EntrezSystem2.PEntrez.Pubmed.Pubmed_ResultsPanel.Pubmed_RVDocSum

Psychosocial correlates of PTSD symptom severity in sexual assault survivors. Ullman SE, Filipas HH, Townsend SM, Starzynski LL. J Trauma Stress. Oct;20(5):821-31. 2007:  This study's goal was to assess the effects of preassault, assault, and postassault psychosocial factors on current posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms of sexual assault survivors. Abstract:  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/entrez?Db=pubmed&Cmd=ShowDetailView&TermToSearch=17955534&ordinalpos=7&itool=EntrezSystem2.PEntrez.Pubmed.Pubmed_ResultsPanel.Pubmed_RVDocSum

A community program to fight child abuse: the Fort Wayne Children's Foundation and Kids' Law. Cox JM, Webber B, Joachim G. J Manipulative Physiol Ther; 30(8): 607-13.2007: This paper offers a brief review of child abuse in the United States and describes an example of a community program in Fort Wayne, Ind, to stop and reverse the adverse effects of child abuse. [Source: SafetyLit] Abstract:  http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5b%5d=citjournalarticle_78185_20

A comparison of men who committed different types of sexual assault in a community sample. Abbey A, Parkhill MR, Clinton-Sherrod AM, Zawacki T. J Interpers Violence; 22(12): 1567-80. 2007:  This study extends past research by examining predictors of different types of sexual assault perpetration in a community sample.  [Source: SafetyLit] Abstract:  http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5b%5d=citjournalarticle_78171_20

Child forensic interviewing in Children's Advocacy Centers: Empirical data on a practice model.  Cross TP, Jones LM, Walsh WA, Simone M, Kolko D. Child Abuse Neglect 2007: Children's Advocacy Centers (CACs) aim to improve child forensic interviewing following allegations of child abuse by coordinating multiple investigations, providing child-friendly interviewing locations, and limiting redundant interviewing. This analysis presents one of the first rigorous evaluations of CACs' implementation of these methods.  [Source: SafetyLit] Abstract:  http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5b%5d=citjournalarticle_78183_20

The child rape epidemic: assessing the incidence at Red Cross Hospital, Cape Town, and establishing the need for a new national protocol. Cox S, Andrade G, Lungelow D, Schloetelburg W, Rode H. S Afr Med J; 97(10): 950-955. 2007:  This study aimed to ascertain the incidence of child rape seen at Red Cross War Memorial Children's Hospital, Cape Town, with emphasis on the circumstances that surround the victimisation of children. [Source: SafetyLit] Abstract:  http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5b%5d=citjournalarticle_78172_20

Types of rape victimization.  Novaković M. Med Pregl; 60(5-6): 277-81. 2007:  The aim of the study was to investigate rape victimization in relation to anomie, stress and postwar transition-related weaknesses in B&H in the period 1996-2005; and perform a personal analysis of rape victims. [Source: SafetyLit] Abstract:  http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5b%5d=citjournalarticle_78228_20

Restoring Rape Survivors: Justice, Advocacy, and a Call to Action. Koss MP. Ann N Y Acad Sci. Nov;1087:206-234. 2006:  Rape results in mental and physical health, social, and legal consequences. For the latter, restorative justice-based programs might augment community response, but they generate controversy among advocates and policy makers. This article identifies survivors' needs and existing community responses to them. Full abstract:  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/entrez?db=pubmed&cmd=Retrieve&dopt=AbstractPlus&list_uids=17189507&query_hl=44&itool=pubmed_docsum

IV. Events:

On-line Forum on Sexual and Reproductive Health for Disabled People:  The Implementing Best Practices (IBP) (http://www.ibpinitiative.org/) in Sexual and Reproductive Health Initiative will be facilitating a one-week online discussion forum from November 19 to 23, 2007. Participants will discuss the draft UNFPA-WHO Guidance Note on Sexual and Reproductive Health of Persons with Disabilities. The draft guidance note is available at http://tinyurl.com/2yrs9m

Call for Proposals:  Nuestras Voces/Our Voices: Collaboration and Transformation en la Comunidad, Arte Sana National Conference August 21-22, 2008, San Antonio, Texas:  Arte Sana is pleased to announce the call for proposals for, "NUESTRAS VOCES / OUR VOICES: Collaboration and Transformation en la Comunidad." The goals of this two-day capacity-building event include: eliminating victim service barriers and engaging our communities as active partners in prevention, risk reduction and advocacy efforts. Deadline for proposals: 1 December 2007.  For more information visit:  http://www.arte-sana.com/nuestras_voces_08.htm

Sisters In Law on PBS, 11/27 - Tune In + Request for Assistance:  SISTERS IN LAW follows the journey of Vera Ngassa and Beatrice Ntuba, two extraordinary women in a small Cameroon village who use their positions as state prosecutor and court president to fight cases of domestic abuse against women. At once funny and profound, the protagonists of this moving documentary prove how the power of compassionate justice can affect a community in transition.   Women Make Movies invites you to tune in on November 27th for the national broadcast premiere of SISTERS IN LAW on the acclaimed PBS series INDEPENDENT LENS!  [Posted by: Jenny Kwon on behalf of Sarah Reynolds, Women Make Movies] Tune in to the broadcast premiere on PBS, Nov 27th check local listings for time online at:  http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/sistersinlaw/

V.  Scholarships / Funding Opportunities:

Elton John's AIDS Foundation (EJAF)- theme - Women and Children: EJAF supports a broad range of programmes to mitigate the impact of HIV/AIDS on women and children, from practical help with food supplies, infant feeding, income, and housework to psychosocial support in managing a life threatening illness, the difficult process of disclosure of HIV status between parents and children, and peer support and advocacy. Read more:  http://www.ejaf.com/Ourwork/Themes/WOMENCHILDREN

International Collaborative Partnerships to Combat Trafficking, US Department of State, Office to Monitor/Combat Trafficking in Persons (G/TIP)- International Programs: This program seeks to fund projects around the world that will build the local capacity of non-governmental organizations to protect and provide comprehensive services to trafficking victims, advocate for relevant legal reforms, and improve relationships between law enforcement and service providers. Award: $1.2 million total available funding; maximum award at $200,000 each.  Eligibility: Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education. Deadline: March 3, 2008 Application Guidelines/Submission:  http://apply.grants.gov/opportunities/instructions/oppGTIP-07-AW-001-103007-cfda00.000-instructions.doc

Research Associateships:  The Five College Women's Studies Research Center invites applications for its Research Associateships for 2008-2009 from scholars and teachers at all levels of the educational system, as well as from artists, community organizers and political activists, both local and international. The Center supports projects in all disciplines so long as they focus centrally on women or gender. Regular Research Associateships are non-stipendiary. Applicants should submit a project proposal (up to 4 pages), curriculum vitae, two letters of reference, and application cover sheet. Submit all applications to: Five College Women's Studies Research Center, Mount Holyoke College, 50 College Street, South Hadley, MA 01075-6406. Deadline is February 11, 2008. For further information, contact the Center at TEL 413.538.2275, FAX 413.538.3121, email fcwsrc at fivecolleges.edu, website: http://www.fivecolleges.edu/sites/fcwsrc

VI. Vacancies:

International Expert on Gender, Population and Statistics / UNDP / Kabul, Afghanistan / Closing date: November 22, 2007. [Source: AWID Jobs: Week of 12 November 2007]  More information online at:  http://jobs.undp.org/cj_view_job.cfm?job_id=3041

Consultant / Concern Worldwide. [Source: AWID Jobs: Week of 12 November 2007] More information online at:  http://www.concern.net

Funded Internship: Women's Human Rights, Europe Programme / INTERIGHTS / London, UK / Closing date: November 23, 2007.  Website:  http://www.interights.org/Vacancies/WHR_Intern_Ad.pdf

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 12 November 2007]

Director of Programs / The Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice/

New York, NY, USA. [Source: AWID Jobs: Week of 12 November 2007] For more information, please visit: http://www.astraea.org/PHP/AboutUs/DirectorofPrograms.php4

Assistant Professor, the Women and Gender Studies Institute (WGSI) and the Program in African Studies / University of Toronto / Toronto, ON, Canada / Closing date: December 14, 2007. [Source: AWID Jobs: Week of 12 November 2007] More information visit: http://www.utoronto.ca/wgsi/ and http://www.newcollege.utoronto.ca/

Programme Officer / The International Women's Rights Action Watch Asia Pacific (IWRAW Asia Pacific / Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia / Closing date: November 25, 2007. [Source: AWID Jobs: Week of 12 November 2007] Website: http://iwraw-ap.org

2008 Summer Internships / Center for Reproductive Rights / New York, NY, USA / Closing date: February 07, 2008.  [Source: AWID Jobs: Week of 12 November 2007] Website: http://www.reproductiverights.org


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