[Svrilist] SVRI Update: 02 10 07

Sexual Violence Research Initiative svri at mrc.ac.za
Tue Oct 2 08:19:42 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

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

I. Websites
II.  Online Resources and Publications
III.  Call for Proposals / Papers 
V.  Events 
VI.  Vacancies

I. Websites:

Survivors Trust, UK: The Survivors Trust is a national umbrella agency
for specialist voluntary sector services working with survivors of rape,
sexual violence and childhood sexual abuse. Website:

Bulgarian Gender Research Foundation:  Bulgarian Gender Research
Foundation is an NGO of public utility that promotes social equality and
women's human rights in Bulgaria through research, education and
advocacy programs. Website:  http://www.bgrf.org/en/

II.  Online Resources and Publications: 

Associations Between Recent Gender-Based Violence and Pregnancy,
Sexually Transmitted Infections, Condom Use Practices, and Negotiation
of Sexual Practices Among HIV-Positive Women , Delia L Lang, PhD, MPH;
Laura F Salazar, PhD; Gina M Wingood, ScD, MPH; Ralph J DiClemente, PhD;
Isis Mikhail, MD, DrPHD, Epidemiology and Social Science, JAIDS Journal
of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes. 46(2):216-221, October 1, 2007:
This study sought to document the prevalence of recent gender-based
violence (rGBV) among seropositive women and to determine the
association between rGBV and pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections
(STIs), condom use, and negotiation of sexual practices.  Download full
article online at:

'Violent' femininity: Women rugby players and gender negotiation, Fiona
Gill, Women's Studies International Forum, Volume 30, Issue 5, Pages
416-426,  September-October 2007:  This article examines the role
violence plays in the construction of feminine identity in one British
community. Full article:

Child maltreatment, youth violence, and intimate partner violence
developmental relationships. Fang X, Corso PS. Am J Prev Med; 33(4):
281-90. 2007: Understanding the cycle of violence, from victimization to
perpetration across the life span, is critical for designing successful
prevention interventions. This study uses a nationally representative
sample to examine the developmental relationships among three forms of
child maltreatment, youth violence perpetration or victimization, and
young adult intimate partner violence (IPV) perpetration or
victimization. [Source: SafetyLit] Full abstract:

Domestic violence: a national simulation-based educational program to
improve physicians' knowledge, skills and detection rates. Shefet D,
Dascal-Weichhendler H, Rubin O, Pessach N, Itzik D, Benita S, Ziv A. Med
Teach; 29(5): 133-8. 2007: Although physicians are in a unique position
to identify and report domestic violence (DV), detection rates are poor.
This study aimed to develop a national DV experiential training program,
based on standardized patients (SPs), to improve knowledge, skills and
detection rates among physicians. [Source: SafetyLit] Full abstract:

In the best interests of society. Harris WW, Lieberman AF, Marans S. J
Child Psychol Psychiatry; 48(3-4): 392-411. 2007:  This paper will focus
on domestic violence as a paradigmatic source of violent traumatization
and will (a) describe the impact and consequences of exposure to
violence on children's immediate and long-term development; (b) examine
the opportunities for, as well as the barriers to, bridging the clinical
phenomena of children's violent trauma and the existing systems of care
that might best meet their needs; and (c) critique current national
policies that militate against a more rational and coherent approach to
addressing these needs. [Source: SafetyLit] Full abstract:

Interaction between BDNF Val66Met and childhood trauma on adult's
violent suicide attempt.  Perroud N, Courtet P, Vincze I, Jaussent I,
Jollant F, Bellivier F, Leboyer M, Baud P, Buresi C, Malafosse A. Genes
Brain Behav 2007: In our study we wanted to see if Val66Met (a BDNF
functional single-nucleotide polymorphism) could moderate the effect of
childhood maltreatment on the onset, number and violence of SB in a
sample of 813 Caucasian suicide attempters. [Source: SafetyLit] Full

Randomized comparison of 3 methods to screen for domestic violence in
family practice.  Chen PH, Rovi S, Washington J, Jacobs A, Vega M, Pan
KY, Johnson MS. Ann Fam Med; 5(5): 430-5. 2007: This study undertook to
compare 3 ways of administering brief domestic violence screening
questionnaires: self-administered questionnaire, medical staff
interview, and physician interview.  [Source: SafetyLit] Full abstract:

Role of the tertiary child protection paediatrician: expert and
advocate. Cruickshanks P, Skellern C. J Paediatr Child Health; 43(1-2):
34-9. 2007:  The role of the child protection paediatrician is varied.
This study examines perceptions of how tertiary child protection (tCP)
paediatricians view their multifaceted roles, perceived adequacy of
length of pre-FRACP training and how this relates to confidence and
satisfaction in their roles.  [Source: SafetyLit] Full abstract:

Self-deception among men who are mandated to attend a batterer
intervention program. Smith ME. Perspect Psychiatr Care; 43(4): 193-203.
2007: Existential phenomenology was utilized in this qualitative study
to gain an understanding of the perceptions of the perpetrator prior to
beginning a batterer intervention program. [Source: SafetyLit] Full

The Prevalence of Sexual Violence in Prison: The State of the Knowledge
Implications for Evidence-Based Correctional Policy Making. Jones TR,
Pratt TC. Int J Offender Ther Comp Criminol 2007:  The purpose of this
study is to critically take stock of what is and what is not currently
known about the prevalence of prison sexual violence. [Source:
SafetyLit] Full abstract:

Violent and sexual offences: a validation of the predictive quality of
the PCL:SV in Switzerland. Urbaniok F, Endrass J, Rossegger A, Noll T.
Int J Law Psychiatry; 30(2): 147-52. 2007: The aim of the present study
was to conduct a first-time evaluation of the predictive validity of the
PCL:SV for sexual and violent recidivism in the German language area.
[Source: SafetyLit] Full abstract:

DEMAND. A Comparative Examination of Sex Tourism and Trafficking in
Jamaica, Japan, the Netherlands, and the United States. Shared Hope
International. 2007:  Under a grant from the U.S. Department of State,
Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, Shared Hope
International (SHI) investigated the commercial sex markets in Jamaica,
Japan, the Netherlands and the United States - Atlanta, Las Vegas and
Washington, DC. For further information and to view various versions of
the documentary, please visit

"Intimate partner violence and unwanted pregnancy, miscarriage, induced
abortion, and stillbirth among a national sample of Bangladeshi women."
Silverman, J. G., J. Gupta, et al. BJOG: An International Journal of
Obstetrics and Gynaecology 114(10): 1246-1252. 2007:  The study aims to
estimate (1) lifetime prevalence of physical and sexual victimisation
from husbands among a national sample of Bangladeshi women, (2)
associations of unwanted pregnancy and experiences of husband violence,
and (3) associations of miscarriage, induced abortion, and fetal
death/stillbirth and such victimisation. Article link:

A View from Inside the Box II: survivors matrix - a sexual violence and
abuse hub for Bradford. Fraser, C., & Smith J, AV1, AV2, 2007:  This is
a report on the proposal for a hub to support victims of sexual abuse
and violence and to empower partnership working to deliver this support
more effectively across Bradford, United Kingdom.  Read more:

Separation/divorce sexual assault: the contribution of male support,
Walter S. DeKeseredy, Martin D. Schwartz et al. Feminist Criminology 1,
3: 228-250. 2006: This qualitative exploratory study looks at incidents
of sexual assault committed by former husbands or cohabitants in the
lives of rural women in Ohio. Abstract:

III.  Call for Proposals / Papers:

Global Health Leadership Awards:  The Global Leadership Awards
competition is the second component of the Teasdale-Corti Global Health
Research Partnership Program.  The Global Health Research Initiative
(GHRI), a partnership formed by the Canadian International Development
Agency (CIDA), the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Health
Canada and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC),
promotes the conduct and use of health research in low- and
middle-income countries (LMICs). It is offering these unique awards to
support the development of emerging leaders from LMICs currently engaged
in research partnerships.  Global Health Leadership Awards 2007-09
Registration due: October 22, 2007 Full application due: January 14,
2008.  To access the Registration Form and the Application Form download
the following file:

2nd Call for Papers:  The 10th International Interdisciplinary Congress
on Women, Women's Worlds / Mundos de Mujeres 2008 will be held in
Madrid, Spain July 3-9, at the Complutense University. The motto of the
Congress is "Equality: no Utopia" and the general theme "New Frontiers:
Dares, Challenges and Changes". Violence and migrations will be part of
the central themes. We invite individuals or groups of people, as well
as public and private organizations interested in the Congress themes to
submit their proposals (in English or Spanish). WWMM08 will be an
international platform, a global forum for researchers, scholars,
activists and other participants. The Congress program includes thirteen
major theme areas and a total of almost one hundred subthemes. DEADLINE:
February 28th, 2008  Please, visit the Congress website at:

IV. Events:  

Regional Conference on Legal Reform on Domestic Violence, Sofia,
Bulgaria, February 12 - 14, 2008:  The Bulgarian Gender Research
Foundation and Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights, with the support of
the Oak Foundation and the Open Society Institute's Human Rights and
Governance Program, are pleased to announce that the Regional Conference
on Legal Reform on Domestic Violence will take place in Sofia, Bulgaria
on February 12 - 14, 2008.  The goal of the conference is to strengthen
the capacity of NGOs, advocates and government officials to create and
implement domestic violence laws that promote safety for victims and
their children and accountability for violent offenders.  Applicants
must be from one of the following countries: Albania, Bosnia and
Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Serbia, Romania,
Macedonia, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Georgia, Armenia,
Azerbaijan, Moldova, Ukraine, Turkey, Russia, Greece, Montenegro,
Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia and Cyprus. For more information visit:

16 Days Campaign Of Activism Against Gender Violence 2007 16 Days Take
Action Kit:  The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence is an
international campaign originating from the first Women's Global
Leadership Institute sponsored by the Center for Women's Global
Leadership in 1991. The 2007 16 Days Campaign dedicates this year's
theme to overcoming challenges and obstacles faced by activists,
networks and organizations that work to end violence against women. In
collaboration with others, the 16 Days Campaign seeks to dismantle
obstacles and overcome challenges posed by social attitudes, practices
and policies that continue to condone and perpetuate gender based
violence.  The 2007 16 Days Take Action Kit can be downloaded in PDF* or
Microsoft Word format. Download online at:

Seminar - Life, Sexual Violence and HIV/AIDS in Prison:  on Wednesday,
10th October 2007, the Centre for the Study on Reconciliation and
Violence, South Africa will be launching two policy briefs covering
findings of a survey with male youth held at a Gauteng correctional
centre.  The venue: Civic Theatre, "City Lights" (2nd floor)
Braamfontein, Johannesburg, from 10-3pm.  For more details email:
bvawda at csvr.org.za  or  kngubeni at csvr.org.za

V.  Vacancies:

Regional Gender-Based Violence Technical Advisor:  Are you interested in
working alongside strong, resilient and amazing women and girls? The
International Rescue Committee, a global leader in emergency
humanitarian relief, post-conflict reconstruction and GBV programming,
is looking for a Gender Based Violence (GBV) Technical Advisor.  The
successful applicant will be based in West Africa, has direct service
experience working with survivors and demonstrated experience in project
design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation. The Regional
Technical Advisor will work with 3 country programs to develop a
long-term regional strategy to guide GBV Programming in West Africa.  If
you are interested in making a difference in the lives of women and
girls affected by conflict, please visit our website at www.theIRC.org
to find out more about IRC's GBV programs and to apply to this or other
GBV positions. More details online at:

Social Science Researcher, Population and Social Transitions
/International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) / Washington, DC,
United States / Application Deadline:  15 October 2007 / More details:

Regional Programme Director / UNIFEM Arab State Regional Office / Amman,
Jordan / Closing date: October 23, 2007. [Source: AWID Jobs: Week of  01
October 2007] More details:

Consultant: International Election Law Specialist / UNDP / Skopje,
Macedonia / Closing date: October 12, 2007. [Source: AWID Jobs: Week of
01 October 2007] More details:

Project Manager - Gender Based Violence / UNFPA / Dili, Timor-Leste /
Closing date: October 09, 2007. [Source: AWID Jobs: Week of  01 October
2007] More details:

Programme Associate, UNIFEM Asia-Pacific and Arab States Regional
Programme on Empowering Women Migrant Workers in Asia / UNIFEM East and
Southeast Asia Regional Office / Bangkok, Thailand / Closing date:
October 15, 2007. [Source: AWID Jobs: Week of  01 October 2007] More

Programme Assistant / UNIFEM East and Southeast Asia Regional Office /
Bangkok, Thailand / Closing date: October 15, 2007. [Source: AWID Jobs:
Week of  01 October 2007] More details:

Spring Internship:  Part-time Program Intern / The Center for Health and
Gender Equity (CHANGE) / Takoma Park, MD, USA. [Source: AWID Jobs: Week
of  01 October 2007] More details:

Program Associate for Gender Integration and Program Support -Africa
Education Initiative Ambassadors' Girls' Scholarship Program (AEI-AGSP)
/ Winrock International / Arlington, VA, USA / Closing date: October 10,
2007. [Source: AWID Jobs: Week of 01 October 2007] More details:

Instructor for 'Women, Health and Nutrition' and 'Households and
Livelihoods' Studies, Community Education and Training Centre / The
Secretariat of the Pacific Community / Suva, Fiji Islands / Closing
date: October 31, 2007. [Source: AWID Jobs: Week of 01 October 2007]
More details: http://www.spc.int =3D> "Employment" section.

Human Development Adviser (Gender) / The Secretariat of the Pacific
Community / Noumea, New Caledonia / Closing date: October 31, 2007.
[Source: AWID Jobs: Week of 01 October 2007] More details:
http://www.spc.int =3D> "Employment" section.

Gender and Rural Development Officer (Rural Livelihoods) / Food and
Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) / Rome, Italy / Closing date:
November 12, 2007. [Source: AWID Jobs: Week of  01 October 2007] More
details: http://www.fao.org/VA/PROF/1965ESW_en.htm,

Fall Internship. Global Survey Research Team / The Women's Edge
Coalition / Washington, DC, USA / Apply ASAP. [Source: AWID Jobs: Week
of 01 October 2007] More details: http://www.womensedge.org

Gender Livelihoods Baseline Consultant / Food Security Analysis Unit for
Somalia (FSAU) / Nairobi, Kenya (with travel to Somalia) / Closing date:
October 08, 2007. [Source: AWID Jobs: Week of 01 October 2007] More
details: http://www.fsausomali.org.


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