[Svrilist] SVRI Update: 26 08 08

Sexual Violence Research Initiative svri at mrc.ac.za
Tue Aug 26 11:54:13 SAST 2008

Dear SVRI List Members

This week's SVRI Update 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. Webpages/Sites
II. Online Publications
III. Journal Articles
IV. Events
V. Funding Links / Scholarships / Research Opportunities
VI. SVRI Online Discussion Forum
VII. Vacancies

I. Webpages/Sites

Sexual Violence Research Project, New Zealand: The Ministry of Women's Affairs, in partnership with the Ministry of Justice and the New Zealand Police, is undertaking a two-year research project into sexual violence against adults in New Zealand. Webpage: http://www.mwa.govt.nz/our-work/svrproject

Sexual and Gender-Based Violence in Conflict, OCHA: Visit the OCHA webpage on sexual and gender based violence in conflict online at: http://ochaonline.un.org/

Child Trafficking Digital Library: This South Asia-based website focuses on children, and includes the latest information on strategies for trafficking prevention, as well as for the rehabilitation and reintegration of victims of trafficking. It is updated regularly. Website: http://www.childtrafficking.com 

WO=MEN (Dutch Gender Platform): WO=MEN is a network association of over 40 organisations and individuals who have committed themselves to equal participation of women worldwide. Website: http://www.wo-men.dyndns.org/index.php

For more links visit our Links page: http://www.svri.org/genlinks.htm

II. Online Publications 

Use of Sexual Violence in Conflict - OCHA meeting report, June 2008: OCHA's Policy Development and Studies Branch organized a one-day expert meeting to review current research on, and identify gaps in relation to, two priority topics: Sexual violence in armed conflict: understanding the motivations, and the nature, scope and motivation for sexual violence against men and boys in conflict. The meeting brought together 27 academics and practitioners in the field of gender-based violence and protection. Discussions were based on background papers prepared by OCHA (available at http://ochaonline.un.org/gender) as well as on presentations by select participants of their work in the priority areas. Download the workshop report online at: http://ochaonline.un.org/News/SGBVOperationalizingAdvocacy/AFrameworkforPreventionandResponse/tabid/4751/Default.aspx

Building Community-Based Partnerships for Local Action on Women's Safety. Women in Cities International, 2007: This is a guide for community-based women's groups to create partnerships with their local municipal government. [Source: WUNRN] Full publication online at: http://www.femmesetvilles.org/pdf-general/WICI%20partnership%20en.pdf

Beyond Firewood: Fuel Alternatives and Protection Strategies for Displaced Women and Girls, the Women's Commission, 2006: <http://www.womenscommission.org/pdf/fuel.pdf> In this report, the Women's Commission outlines alternative fuel options, firewood collection techniques and other protection strategies that should be used in displaced and refugee situations. A synopsis of the report in English. Also in Arabic and French.  [Source: Gender and Development ] Full document online at: http://www.womenscommission.org/projects/rh/firewood.php

Measures to Combat Trafficking in Human Beings in Benin, Nigeria and Togo, UNODC, 2006: In September 2003, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) initiated a project aimed at improving the level of information available on trafficking in human beings within, to and from Benin, Nigeria and Togo, and to recommend measures to strengthen action to counter the problem. The study included extensive research activities in each of the three countries. [Source: Gender and Development ] Full document online at: http://www.unodc.org/documents/human-trafficking/ht_research_report_nigeria.pdf

For more country specific resources on sexual violence visit our country pages:  http://www.svri.org/countries.htm

III. Journal Articles

Association of combatant status and sexual violence with health and mental health outcomes in post-conflict Liberia. Johnson K, Asher J, Rosborough S, Raja A, Panjabi R, Beadling C, Lawry L. J Am Med Assoc JAMA; 300(6): 676-90. 2008: The study objective was to assess the prevalence and impact of war-related psychosocial trauma, including information on participation in the Liberian civil wars, exposure to sexual violence, social functioning, and mental health. [Source: SafetyLit] Full abstract: http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5b%5d=citjournalarticle_89469_20

Current sexual trauma among high-risk teen mothers. Mylant M, Mann C. J Child Adolesc Psychiatr Nurs; 21(3): 164-76. 2008: The purpose of this paper is to describe the degree of IPV and current sexual trauma among a group of Northern Plains adolescents being served by an American Indian teen mother program. [Source: SafetyLit] Full abstract: http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5b%5d=citjournalarticle_89348_20

Does the punishment fit the crime? Judicial sentencing in adolescent and adult sexual assault cases. Du Mont J, Forte T, Badgley RF. Med Law; 27(2): 477-98. 2008: This is the first Canadian study to focus directly on whether factors commonly identified as reflecting the seriousness of a sexual assault are noted by judges, and in turn, related to the severity of the sentences they impose. [Source: SafetyLit] Full abstract: http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5b%5d=citjournalarticle_89390_20

Inmate Harassment and Rape: An Exploratory Study of Seven Maximum- and Medium-Security Male Prisons in Israel. Einat T. Int J Offender Ther Comp Criminol 2008; ePub: This study, based on 760 hours of phenomenological semi-structured interviews undertaken in a random sample of 1.5% of the male prisoner population in Israel, analyzes the neglected issue of homosexual rape in Israeli prisons. [Source: SafetyLit] Full abstract: http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5b%5d=citjournalarticle_89430_20

Translating Child Abuse Research Into Action. Flaherty EG, Sege RD, Hurley Bs TP. Pediatrics 2008; ePub: The Child Abuse Recognition Experience Study revealed that primary care clinicians did not always follow the legal mandate to report suspected child abuse to child protective services. [Source: SafetyLit] Full abstract: http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5b%5d=citjournalarticle_89238_20

Violence against pregnant women: prevalence and associated factors. Audi CA, Segall-Corrêa AM, Santiago SM, Andrade MD, Pèrez-Escamila R. Rev Saude Publica 2008; ePub: The aim of this study was to identify the factors associated with domestic violence against pregnant women. [Source: SafetyLit] Full abstract: http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5b%5d=citjournalarticle_89472_20

Intimate partner and nonpartner violence against pregnant women in rural Haiti. Small, M. J., J. Gupta, et al. International Journal of Gynecology & Obstetrics 102(3): 226-231. 2008: The aim of this study was to examine the association between violence experienced by pregnant Haitian women in the previous 6 months and pregnancy-related symptom distress. [Source: RAISE] Full abstract: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/B6T7M-4T41PJY-1/2/f0179e95a9052eef85762a0e79847c90

Chronic Pain in Women Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence. Wuest J, Merritt-Gray M, Ford-Gilboe M, et al J Pain. 2008: In this descriptive study of chronic pain in a community sample of 292 women who had separated from their abusive partners on average 20 months previously, more than one-third experienced high disability pain as measured by Von Korff's Chronic Pain Grade. [Source: Battered Women Health Update] Full abstract online: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18701353?ordinalpos=13&itool=EntrezSystem2.PEntrez.Pubmed.Pubmed_ResultsPanel.Pubmed_RVDocSum

Substance abuse issues among women in domestic violence programs: findings from North Carolina. Martin SL, Moracco KE, Chang JC, et al Violence Against Women;14(9):985-97 2008: This article discusses the results of a survey of North Carolina domestic violence programs that found that substance abuse problems are common among program clients, yet only half of the programs had policies concerning substance-abusing clients, and one fourth had memoranda of agreement with substance abuse treatment providers. [Source: Battered Women Health Update] Full abstract online: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18703771?ordinalpos=7&itool=EntrezSystem2.PEntrez.Pubmed.Pubmed_ResultsPanel.Pubmed_RVDocSum

Premigration Exposure to Political Violence and Perpetration of Intimate Partner Violence Among Immigrant Men in Boston. Gupta J, Acevedo-Garcia D, Hemenway D, Am J Public Health. 2008: We examined associations between premigration political violence exposure and past-year intimate partner violence (IPV) perpetration among immigrant men attending community health centers in Boston.Source: Battered Women Health Update] Full abstract online: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18703450?ordinalpos=9&itool=EntrezSystem2.PEntrez.Pubmed.Pubmed_ResultsPanel.Pubmed_RVDocSum

Physical and sexual covictimization from dating partners: a distinct type of intimate abuse? Katz J, Moore J, May P. Violence Against Women. Aug;14(8):961-80. 2008: Covictimized women experience both physical and sexual forms of abuse. The purpose of the present research was to compare covictimized women to those who experienced physical violence only or unwanted sexual activity only from dating partners. [Source: Battered Women Health Update] Full abstract online:  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18667408?ordinalpos=32&itool=EntrezSystem2.PEntrez.Pubmed.Pubmed_ResultsPanel.Pubmed_RVDocSum

The Role of Emotional Abuse in Intimate Partner Violence and Health Among Women in Yokohama, Japan. Yoshihama M, Horrocks J, Kamano S. Am J Public Health. 2008: As part of the World Health Organization's cross-national research effort, we investigated the relationship between various health indicators and the experience of intimate partner violence (IPV), which included emotional, physical, and sexual abuse, among women in Yokohama, Japan. [Source: Battered Women Health Update] Full abstract online: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18703455?ordinalpos=8&itool=EntrezSystem2.PEntrez.Pubmed.Pubmed_ResultsPanel.Pubmed_RVDocSum

Facilitators and barriers for implementing home visit interventions to address intimate partner violence: town and gown partnerships. Eddy T, Kilburn E, Chang C, et al Nurs Clin North Am;43(3):419-35 2008: In this study, an assessment phase is undertaken to determine intimate partner violence prevalence. Source: Battered Women Health Update] Full abstract online: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18667690?ordinalpos=25&itool=EntrezSystem2.PEntrez.Pubmed.Pubmed_ResultsPanel.Pubmed_RVDocSum

Detection of Intimate Partner Violence in a General Medicine Practice. Soglin LF, Bauchat J, Soglin DF, Martin GJ. J Interpers Violence. 2008: In this study, an assessment phase is undertaken to determine intimate partner violence prevalence. [Source: Battered Women Health Update] Full abstract online: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18667690?ordinalpos=25&itool=EntrezSystem2.PEntrez.Pubmed.Pubmed_ResultsPanel.Pubmed_RVDocSum

Coping as a mediator and moderator between intimate partner violence and symptoms of anxiety and depression. Calvete E, Corral S, Estévez A. Violence Against Women. Aug;14(8):886-904. 2008: This study examines the role of coping as both a moderator and a mediator of the association between intimate partner violence and women's mental health. [Source: Battered Women Health Update] Full abstract online: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18667404?ordinalpos=30&itool=EntrezSystem2.PEntrez.Pubmed.Pubmed_ResultsPanel.Pubmed_RVDocSum

Intimate partner violence and HIV infection among married Indian women. Silverman JG, Decker MR, Saggurti N, et al JAMA. Aug 13;300(6):703-10. 2008: Despite reductions in prevalence of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection among the general population of India, women account for a rising percentage of all HIV cases with husbands' risk behavior described as the major source of women's infection. [Source: Battered Women Health Update] Full abstract online: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18698068?ordinalpos=3&itool=EntrezSystem2.PEntrez.Pubmed.Pubmed_ResultsPanel.Pubmed_RVDocSum

Violence Against Women With HIV Risk and Recent Criminal Justice System Involvement: Prevalence, Correlates, and Recommendations for Intervention. Weir BW, Bard RS, O'Brien K: Violence Against Women. Aug;14(8):944-60. 2008: This research note examines the prevalence and correlates of intimate partner violence (IPV) and other violence (OV) among women (N = 529) at risk for HIV and with histories of criminal justice system involvement. [Source: Battered Women Health Update] Full abstract online: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18667407?ordinalpos=119&itool=EntrezSystem2.PEntrez.Pubmed.Pubmed_ResultsPanel.Pubmed_RVDocSum

For additional issues related resources and articles on sexual violence visit our issues pages:  http://www.svri.org/issues.htm

IV. Events

Change of Date -please diarize - SVRI Forum 2009: Research for Advocacy and Interventions to end Sexual Violence, Johannesburg, South Africa, 6 - 9 July 2009. Further details will be sent out via the listserv next month. For more detailed information on this important visit: http://svriforum2009.svri.org/

Visit our events / calendar pages for event information: http://www.svri.org/calendar.htm

V. Funding Links / Scholarships / Research Opportunities

Call For Consultant: The Ford Foundation are requesting applications from consultants to undertake exploratory research in the area of sexuality and the internet. The goal is to conduct several cross-country researches that will respond to the question: How might emerging debates  and the growing practice of regulating online content either impede or facilitate different ways women use the internet, and its impact on their sexual expression, sexualities and sexual health practices, as well as  their assertion of sexual rights? Expressed differently: In what ways do the internet and ICT (information and communications technologies) policy shape the sexual (expression and?) practices of women living in different socio-political, economic and cultural contexts? Applications due August 27th 2008. Email svri at mrc.ac.za for more details.

The Bernard van Leer Foundation: The Bernard van Leer Foundation funds and shares knowledge about work in early childhood development and child rights. Visit their funding page for more information: http://www.bernardvanleer.org/about/applications_for_funding

Call for Nomination for the 2009 Ginetta Sagan Award for Women's and Children's Rights -Amnesty International USA: The purpose of the Ginetta Sagan Fund of Amnesty International USA is to recognize and assist women who are working to protect the liberty and lives of women and children in areas where human rights violations are widespread. The 2009 award will be given to a woman who works on behalf of the human rights of women. The $10,000 award is announced and presented each year at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of Amnesty International USA. The 2009 AGM will be held from March 22nd to 29th. Nomination and letters of recommendation must be received by September 1st, 2008. [Source: PACWIN] For further information or to download the nomination form, please visit: www.amnestyusa.org/ginettasaganfund

SVRI Funding Links Page: For details on funders who have funding sources available for research on sexual violence visit: http://www.svri.org/funding.htm

VI. SVRI Online Discussion Forum 

The SVRI provides you with a platform to interact online with other members of the SVRI who have registered with the SVRI Online Discussion Forum. To view current discussions, comment or create your own please visit: http://www.svri.org/activities.htm#svri

VII. Vacancies

Jobs at the International Center for Research on Women: For vacancies at ICRW visit the ICRW Jobs page. Vacancies are open until removed from the web. ICRW Jobs Paget: http://www.icrw.org/html/jobs/jobs.htm

Programme Officer, Women's Health & Rights Advocacy Partnership (WHRAP) in China / The Asian-Pacific Resource and Research Centre for Women (ARROW) / Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia / Closing date: September 10, 2008. [Source: AWID Resource-Net Jobs: Week of 25th August 2008] More details: http://www.awid.org/eng/Jobs/Jobs-Around-the-World/Programme-Officer-Women-s-Health-Rights-Advocacy-Partnership-WHRAP-in-China%20

Programme Officer, Women's Health & Rights Advocacy Partnership (WHRAP) in South Asia / The Asian Pacific Resource and Research Centre for Women (ARROW) / Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia / Closing date: September 10, 2008. [Source: AWID Resource-Net Jobs: Week of 25th August 2008] More details:

Regional Advocacy Coordinator / International Planned Parenthood Federation - Western Hemisphere Region (IPPF/WHR) / New York, NY, USA. [Source: AWID Resource-Net Jobs: Week of 25th August 2008] More details: http://www.awid.org/eng/Jobs/Jobs-Around-the-World/Regional-Advocacy-Coordinator%20

Women's Human Rights Intern / INTERIGHTS / London, UK / Closing date: September 19, 2008. [Source: AWID Resource-Net Jobs: Week of 25th August 2008] More details: http://www.awid.org/eng/Jobs/Jobs-Around-the-World/Women-s-Human-Rights-Intern%20

Gender Action Plan Co-ordinator / European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) / London, UK / Closing Date: September 12, 2008. [Source: AWID Resource-Net Jobs: Week of 25th August 2008] More details: http://www.awid.org/eng/Jobs/Jobs-Around-the-World/Gender-Action-Plan-Co-ordinator%20

Gender Consultant / UNDP / New York, NY, USA / Closing date: August 25, 2008. [Source: AWID Resource-Net Jobs: Week of 25th August 2008] More details: http://www.awid.org/eng/Jobs/Jobs-Around-the-World/Gender-Consultant%20

Gender Practice Leader / UNDP / Panama City, Panama / Application Deadline: October 03, 2008. [Source: AWID Resource-Net Jobs: Week of 25th August 2008] More details: More details: http://www.awid.org/eng/Jobs/Jobs-Around-the-World/Gender-Practice-Leader%20

Program Officer, Southern Africa / The International Women's Health Coalition (IWHC) / New York, NY, USA. [Source: AWID Resource-Net Jobs: Week of 25th August 2008] More details: http://www.awid.org/eng/Jobs/Jobs-Around-the-World/Program-Officer-Southern-Africa%20

Gender Expert - Long-Term / Development and Training Services, Inc. (dTS) / Lahore, Pakistan. [Source: AWID Resource-Net Jobs: Week of 25th August 2008] More details: http://www.awid.org/eng/Jobs/Jobs-Around-the-World/Gender-Expert-Long-Term%20

Household Survey/Data Collection Specialist // International Center for Research on Women (ICRW). [Source: AWID Resource-Net Jobs: Week of 25th August 2008] More details: http://www.awid.org/eng/Jobs/Jobs-Around-the-World/Household-Survey-Data-Collection-Specialist%20
Technical Expert Consultant / International Center for Research on Women (ICRW). [Source: AWID Resource-Net Jobs: Week of 25th August 2008] More details: http://www.awid.org/eng/Jobs/Jobs-Around-the-World/Technical-Expert-Consultant%20

Communication Specialist / International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) / New Delhi, India. [Source: AWID Resource-Net Jobs: Week of 25th August 2008] More details: http://www.awid.org/eng/Jobs/Jobs-Around-the-World/Communication-Specialist%20

Senior Technical Specialist, Gender, Violence and Rights / International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) / Washington, DC, USA. [Source: AWID Resource-Net Jobs: Week of 25th August 2008] More details: http://www.awid.org/eng/Jobs/Jobs-Around-the-World/Senior-Technical-Specialist-Gender-Violence-and-Rights%20


Sexual violence is a global issue that requires coordinated evidence-based responses.

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