[Svrilist] SVRI Update: 23 10 07

Sexual Violence Research Initiative svri at mrc.ac.za
Tue Oct 23 09:24:00 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/>  

There will be no postings next week due to our participation in Forum 11.

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

I. Websites
II.  Online Resources and Publications
III. Scholarships
IV. Events
V. Advocacy Materials
VI. New SVRI Publications
VII. Forum 11 SVRI Events
VIII. Vacancies

I.  Websites:

Legal Tools - CEDAW Case Bank:  The Global Justice Center continuously compiles cases from domestic and international courts that cite to CEDAW or CEDAW-OP as persuasive precedent for their decisions. These cases represent modern advancements in women's rights jurisprudence throughout the world. We hope this casebank proves useful for advocates or researchers in learning how to better advocate and argue for women's rights in domestic and international courts. Website:  http://www.globaljusticecenter.net/casebank/

International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children:  ICMEC, in collaboration with Interpol, has created a web-based International Resource Centre (IRC) on the issue of child pornography. The IRC contains public information as well as private investigative resources for law enforcement. Website:  http://www.icmec.org/missingkids/servlet/PublicHomeServlet?LanguageCountry=en_X1&

II.  Online Resources and Publications:

Juror attitudes and biases in sexual assault cases, Taylor N., Trends & issues in crime and criminal justice series no. 344, Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology, August 2007:  This report presents findings from two recent studies conducted by the Australian Institute of Criminology which show that juror judgements in rape trials are influenced more by the attitudes, beliefs and biases about rape which jurors bring with them into the courtroom than by the evidence presented.  Download document online at:  http://www.aic.gov.au/publications/tandi2/tandi344.html

The protective role of tangible support on post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms in urban women survivors of violence. Glass N, Perrin N, Campbell JC, Soeken K. Res Nurs Health. Oct;30(5):558-68. 2007: This study examined social support as a protective factor in the relationship between lifetime exposure to traumatic events and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) symptomatology among urban women. [Source: Medical Advocates Battered Women] Full text article: http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/cgi-bin/abstract/116322882/ABSTRACT?CRETRY=1&SRETRY=0

Prevalence of intimate partner violence against women in regions of Brazil. Schraiber LB, D'Oliveira AF, França-Junior I, et al Rev Saude Publica. Oct;41(5):797-807. 2007: To analyze the results from the "WHO Multi-country Study on Women's Health and Domestic Violence", on the prevalence of intimate partner violence against women found in Brazil. [Source: Medical Advocates Battered Women] Full text article:  http://www.scielosp.org/scielo.php?script=sci_arttext&pid=S0034-89102007000500014&lng=en&nrm=iso&tlng=en

Report of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for Children and Armed Conflict and UNICEF, 2007:  The present report is divided into two parts. Part one gives an overview of critical themes relating to children and armed conflict and highlights significant developments over the reporting period. Part two of the report presents the findings of a strategic review of the study by Graça Machel entitled "Impact of armed conflict on children" (see A/51/306 and Add.1), which marked the 10-year anniversary of that groundbreaking report.  Full document:  http://www.un.org/children/conflict/_documents/machel/MachelReviewReport.pdf

AGIS Training Material for Judges and Prosecutors in EU Member States, Accession and Candidate Countries, International Centre for Migration Policy Development, 2007:  The Training Material for Judges and Prosecutors in EU Member States and Accession and Candidate Countries was developed within the framework of the EU AGIS Project Elaboration and Implementation of Anti-trafficking Training Modules for Judges and Prosecutors in EU Member States and Accession and Candidate Countries. It consists of three parts. Background reader; curriculum and handbook.  Download online at:  http://www.anti-trafficking.net/210.html?&no_cache=1&tx_icmpd_pi1[article]=65&tx_icmpd_pi1[page]=455

"Everybody makes choices": victim advocates and the social construction of battered women's victimization and agency. Dunn JL, Powell-Williams M. Violence Against Women; 13(10): 977-1001. 2007:  Semistructured interviews with 32 domestic violence victim advocates illuminate how advocates explain "battered women who stay." [Source: Medical Advocates Battered Women] Full abstract:  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/entrez?Db=pubmed&Cmd=ShowDetailView&TermToSearch=17898237&ordinalpos=19&itool=EntrezSystem2.PEntrez.Pubmed.Pubmed_ResultsPanel.Pubmed_RVDocSum

Abusers' Perceptions of the Effect of Their Intimate Partner Violence on Children. Emily F. Rothman, David G. Mandel, and Jay G. Silverman. Violence Against Women 13: 1179-1191, 2007:  Analyzing the attitudes and behavioral intentions of 464 partner-abusive fathers, biological fathers were found to be more likely than social fathers to express concern about the effects of their abuse on their children. Full abstract:  http://vaw.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/13/11/1179

"Mostly Heterosexual" and Heterosexual Young Women: Sexual Violence Victimization History and Sexual Risk Indicators in a Community-Based Urban Cohort. -Austin SB, Roberts AL, Corliss HL, Molnar BE. Am J Public Health 2007:  This study sought to examine sexual violence victimization in childhood and sexual risk indicators in young adulthood in a primarily Latina and Black cohort of "mostly heterosexual" and heterosexual women in the Project on Human Development in Chicago Neighborhoods (PHDCN). [Source: SafetyLit] Full abstract:  http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5b%5d=citjournalarticle_75415_20

Childhood physical and sexual abuse in depressed patients with single and multiple suicide attempts. Andover MS, Zlotnick C, Miller IW. Suicide Life Threat Behav; 37(4): 467-74. 2007: The goals of the current study were two-fold: (a) to replicate previous findings of associations between childhood sexual and physical abuse and suicide attempts, and (b) to explore differences in reports of childhood physical and sexual abuse among single and multiple suicide attempters. [Source: SafetyLit] Full abstract:  http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5b%5d=citjournalarticle_75402_20

Domestic violence across race and ethnicity: implications for social work practice and policy.  Grossman SF, Lundy M. Violence Against Women; 13(10): 1029-52. 2007: To contribute to the growing literature on race and domestic violence, this article uses data derived from domestic violence programs in a large Midwestern state between 1990 and 1995 to focus on the experiences of victims who sought services and examine how they vary by race and ethnicity.  [Source: SafetyLit] Full abstract:  http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5b%5d=citjournalarticle_75406_20

Factor structure and validity of the revised conflict tactics scales for Spanish women. Calvete E, Corral S, Estévez A. Violence Against Women; 13(10): 1072-87. 2007:  This study focused on the factor structure of the victimization form of the Revised Conflict Tactics Scales (CTS2). A sample of 1,266 women participated in the study, including a subgroup of battered women. [Source: SafetyLit] Full abstract:  http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5b%5d=citjournalarticle_75407_20

Intimate partner violence and sexually transmitted disease symptoms in a national sample of married Bangladeshi women. Decker MR, Miller E, Kapur NA, Gupta J, Raj A, Silverman JG. Int J Gynaecol Obstet 2007:  This study aimed to assess associations of intimate partner violence (IPV) with women's sexually transmitted disease (STD) symptoms, and to clarify biological and behavioral mechanisms underpinning heightened STD rates among abused women. [Source: SafetyLit] Full abstract:  http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5b%5d=citjournalarticle_75430_20

Problem Gambling and Intimate Partner Violence.  Korman LM, Collins J, Dutton D, Dhayananthan B, Littman-Sharp N, Skinner W. J Gambl Stud 2007: This study examined the prevalence and severity of intimate partner violence (IPV) among 248 problem gamblers (43 women, 205 men) recruited from newspaper advertisements.  [Source: SafetyLit] Full abstract: http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5b%5d=citjournalarticle_75421_20

Child Pornography: Model Legislation & Global Review, International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children, 2006:  Developing and championing "model legislation" with regards to child pornography is crucial to the success of the IRC and to successfully combating child pornography crimes around the world. Consequently, the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children has conducted research into the Child pornography legislation currently in place in the 186 Interpol Member Countries2 to gain a better understanding of existing legislation and to gauge where the issue stands on national political agendas.  Also available in French, Arabic, Spanish and Russian. Download online at:  http://www.icmec.org/missingkids/servlet/PageServlet?LanguageCountry=en_X1&PageId=3085

Koenig, M. A., T. Lutalo, et al.. "Domestic violence in rural : evidence from a community-based study." Bulletin of the World Health Organization 81: 53-60. 2003:  In a survey of 5109 women of reproductive age in the Rakai District of Uganda, 30% of women had experienced physical threats or physical abuse from their current partner - 20% during the year before the survey.  Article link:  http://www.scielosp.org/scielo.php?script=sci_arttext&pid=S0042-96862003000100011&nrm=iso

III.  Scholarships:

Victorian Institute Of Forensic Medicine (VIFM) - Indo Pacific Association Of Law, Medicine & Science Scholarship In Forensic Medicine:  The scholarship is intended for medical graduates from developing countries who are, or will be practicing, in the field of forensic medicine.  The goal of the scholarship programme is to attract students who are likely to make a significant contribution to the field of forensic medicine in their own country and who would otherwise be unable to undertake a post-graduate programme in this field.  The scholarship will allow the successful applicant to complete the Monash University Graduate Diploma in Forensic Medicine.  This is a two-year programme of part-time study in Clinical Forensic Medicine.  It is offered largely by distance education although students are required to attend the VIFM for one week in September-October of each year for formal teaching and assessment.  The scholarship covers the cost of all tuition fees and accommodation in Melbourne during attendance at the VIFM.  Further details of the course and an application form can be obtained from http://www.vifm.org/internationals.html/

IV.  Events:

4th Asia-Pacific Conference on Reproductive and Sexual Health (APCRSH), Hyderabad, India from 29-31 October 2007, ARROW - events and activities at the APCRSH:  ARROW is a leading regional NGO based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia committed to protecting and promoting women's health rights and needs, particularly in the area of women's sexuality and reproductive health.  For more information of ARROW events at and around the 4th Asia-Pacific Conference visit them online at:  http://www.arrow.org.my/images/HomePage/arrowapcrshflyer1.pdf

19 November 2007 - World Day for Prevention of Child Abuse:  Alerting Governments and civil society organizations to play a more active role in the promotion of and respect for the rights of the child, and contribute to the prevention of child abuse, WWSF launched in 2000 the World Day for Prevention of Child Abuse, a Day to be commemorated every 19 November in synergy with the anniversary of the International Day for the rights of the child (20 November) which has as its objective to be a rallying point around the issue of child abuse and the need for urgent effective prevention programs.  More details:  http://www.woman.ch/children/1-introduction.php

V. Advocacy Materials:

Lumo - One Woman's Struggle to Heal in a Nation Beset by War:  The documentary Lumo focuses on a young Congolese woman on an uncertain path to recovery after surviving rape.  More details:  http://www.healafrica.org/lumo.aspx

VI.  New SVRI Publications:

The uses and impacts of medico-legal evidence in sexual assault cases: a global review. Du Mont, J. & White, D., Sexual Violence Research Initiative, World Health Organisation, 2007: This review was commissioned by the Sexual Violence Research Initiative to provide a global overview of the uses and impacts of medico-legal evidence in cases of sexual assault of adolescents and adults. Download online at: www.svri.org <http://www.svri.org/>  or access full document: http://www.svri.org/en/medico.pdf

Sexual Violence Against Women and Children in China. K.L Chan, Sexual Violence Research Initiative, 2007: No society is free from rape, and China is no exception. This review documents current literature on gender based violence with a particular focus on sexual violence and assault in China including mainland China and Hong Kong. The executive summary is also available in Chinese. (http://www.svri.org/chinesesummary.pdf) Download full document online at: www.svri.org <http://www.svri.org/>  or direct from the following link: http://www.svri.org/chinese.pdf 

Sexual Violence and HIV:  fact sheet.  AfroAIDSInfo Project and Sexual Violence Research Initiative, 2007:  A short fact sheet outlining the linkages between sexual violence and HIV.  Download online at:  www.svri.org <http://www.svri.org/>  or full document:  http://www.svri.org/factsheet.pdf

VII.  Forum 11 SVRI Events: 

The SVRI will be attending Forum 11 in Beijing China next week. We would like to invite you to a number of events we will be facilitating or participating in:

Round Table on Violence Against Women, Thursday 1 November 2007: This roundtable session aims to explore the extent of sexual violence in China and how research can strengthen services for women survivors of sexual violence and reduce violence.  Participants will explore three key questions: 1) To what extent do current services meet the identified needs of women and girl survivors of sexual violence? 2) What areas of service provision must be prioritized to strengthen services for women and girl survivors in different settings? 3) How can research be used to strengthen services for women and girl sexual violence survivors and reduce violence? Forum 11 Programme: http://www.globalforumhealth.org/filesupld/forum11/F11ProgrammeOView.pdf

Satellite Meeting on Sexual Violence in China, Saturday 3 November 2007, 9-11am: The aim of this satellite meeting is to provide China-based researchers a platform for sharing research and findings on sexual violence and gender-based violence more broadly. It is envisaged that this will serve to encourage sharing of findings and the forging of research partnerships and networks. This is an open meeting and will be run in Chinese.  All welcome. For more information visit: http://www.globalforumhealth.org/Site/004__Annual%20meeting/001__Forum%2011/003__Programme/003__Satellite%20Meetings.php

Poster Session: Realizing the right to health: barriers to access among victim/survivors of sexual violence in low-income countries by Jill Astbury, Sexual Violence Research Initiative, 2007: This poster explores qualitative responses from service providers, activists and researchers from 14 low income countries, as defined by the World Bank, who participated in the on line 'Practice Wisdom' survey of the Sexual Violence Research Initiative (SVRI). Full abstract online at: http://www.svri.org/en/forumabstract.pdf

For more information on Forum 11 visit: (http://www.globalforumhealth.org/Site/004__Annual%20meeting/001__Forum%2011/001__Home.php

Don't forget to visit our stall in the Market Place where hard copies of our materials will be available!

VIII.  Vacancies:

Moderator / The Association for Women's Rights in Development AWID) / Home Location / Closing date: October 26, 2007. [Source: AWID]. More details:  http://www.awid.org

Program Assistant / The Association for Women's Rights in Development (AWID) / Cape Town, South Africa / Closing date: November 02, 2007. [Source: AWID]. More details:  http://www.awid.org

Communications Manager / The Association for Women's Rights in Development (AWID) / Toronto, Canada or Cape Town, South Africa / Closing date: November 02, 2007. [Source: AWID]. More details:  http://www.awid.org

Gender Advisor / UNDP / Hanoi, Vietnam / Closing date: November 02, 2007. [Source: AWID]. More details:  http://jobs.undp.org/cj_view_job.cfm?job_id=2895

Gender Studies Curriculum Development Specialist / UNDP / Kabul, Afghanistan / Closing date: October 31, 2007. [Source: AWID]. More details:  http://jobs.undp.org/cj_view_job.cfm?job_id=2883

M&E and Learning Specialist / UNDP / Kabul, Afghanistan / Closing date: October 31, 2007. [Source: AWID]. More details:  http://jobs.undp.org/cj_view_job.cfm?job_id=2882

Programme Analyst: Governance Peace and Security / UNIFEM / New York, NY, USA / Closing date: November 01, 2007. [Source: AWID]. More details:  http://jobs.undp.org/cj_view_job.cfm?job_id=2901

Emergency Coordinator (Reproductive Health and Gender Based Violence), ICS / UNFPA / Sri Lanka / Closing date: November 14, 2007. (Job ID: 1013) [Source: AWID]. More details:  http://www.unfpa.org/about/employment/index.htm#vacancy

Temporary Program Associate, Part-time / Women's Commission for Refugee Women and Children / New York, NY, USA. [Source: AWID]. More details:  http://www.womenscommission.org/about/employment/temp_pa.php

Program Officer, Francophone Africa / The International Women's Health Coalition (IWHC) / New York, NY, USA. [Source: AWID]. More details:  http://iwhc.org/jobs.cfm#poafrica

Program Officer, Initiative Against Trafficking in Persons / Global Rights / Washington, DC, USA. [Source: AWID]. More details:  http://www.globalrights.org

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]. More details:  http://www.spc.int

Human Development Adviser (Gender) / The Secretariat of the Pacific Community / Noumea, New Caledonia / Closing date: October 31, 2007. [Source: AWID]. More details:  http://www.spc.int

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


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