[Svrilist] SVRI Update: 05 02 08

Sexual Violence Research Initiative svri at mrc.ac.za
Tue Feb 5 09:28:20 SAST 2008

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 Publications
III. Journal Articles
IV. Events
V. Campaigns
VI. Funding Links / Opportunities
VII. Vacancies

I. Websites

Gender and Disaster Network: The Gender and Disaster Network consists of women and men from around the world interested in gender relations in the context of disasters. The network's goals are to document and analyze gendered experiences before, during, and after disasters and to conduct interdisciplinary and collaborative research projects. Weblink: http://www.gdnonline.org/

Stop FGMC: Stop FGMC is an international campaign for the abandonment of Female Genital Mutilation. Website: http://www.stopfgmc.org/default.aspx?lang=en-US

Inter-African Committee on Traditional Practices: The Inter-African Committee on Traditional Practices Affecting the Health of Women and Children (IAC) is a non-governmental, non-profit International Organization set up in 1984 in Dakar, Senegal. The purpose of IAC is to promote the basic human rights of women and children by campaigning against FGM and other harmful traditional practices while promoting beneficial practices. [Source: WUNRN] Website: http://www.iac-ciaf.com/

On-Line Training Institute, End Violence Against Women International: EVAW International has developed an On-Line Training Institute to bring state-of-the art training to anyone who is interested, on the topic of criminal justice response to sexual assault. Website:  http://www.evawintl.org/onlinetraining.aspx

EngenderHealth: EngenderHealth proudly announces its new web site building on 65 years of improving the quality of reproductive health care in more than 100 countries worldwide. Visit them at: http://www.engenderhealth.org/

The Feminist Institute (FI) - GLOW:  Conceived of as a bridge, the Feminist Institute acts as a mediator between feminist theory and feminism in practice. The FI evaluates women's experiences and knowledge, debates these publicly, and finally, transfers these into the relevant institutions and organizations through practical policies. Link:  http://www.glow-boell.de/en/rubrik_1/811_941.htm

SIREN:  The Strategic Information Response Network (SIREN) is a new UNIAP-supported initiative intended to deliver high quality, responsive, and up-to-date data and analysis on cutting edge issues within the human trafficking sector.  More information online at: http://www.no-trafficking.org/ 

II. Online Publications

Restorative Justice Responses to Sexual Assault by Mary Koss and Mary Achilles, VAWnet: The National Online Resource Center on Violence Against Women 2008: This Applied Research paper examines restorative justice for sexual assault from the perspective of survivors. A large international literature promotes restorative justice options as satisfying and empowering to crime victims. [Source: VAWnet: eNewsletter (January/February 2008)] Online link: http://new.vawnet.org/Assoc_Files_VAWnet/AR_RestorativeJustice.pdf

Gender Matters - A Manual on Addressing Gender-Based Violence Affecting Young People, 2008:  Gender Matters is a manual aimed to assist educators and youth leaders work on issues of gender and gender-based violence with young people. [Source: WUNRN] Online link: http://book.coe.int/EN/ficheouvrage.php?PAGEID=36&lang=EN&produit_aliasid=2259

Annotated Bibliography on Comparative and International Law relating to Forced Marriage, Nadine Dostrovsky, Rebecca Cook and Michael Gagnon, Department of Justice Canada, 2007:  The purpose of this project was to provide an overview of what nations are doing in the area of forced marriages. Online link: http://canada.justice.gc.ca/en/ps/pad/reports/mar/cover.html 

Descriptive Analysis of Sexual Assault Incidents Reported to Alaska State Troopers: 2003-2004. Greg Postle, André B. Rosay, Darryl S. Wood, and Katherine TePas.  Justice Center, University of Alaska Anchorage. 2007:   This study examines the characteristics of sexual assault and sexual abuse of minor incidents reported to the Alaska State Troopers (AST), providing the first statewide overview of such cases.  Online link:  http://justice.uaa.alaska.edu/research/2000/0601intimatepartnerviolence/0601.02.sexualassault.html

Female Genital Cutting, Women's Health, and Development: The Role of the World Bank, Khama Rogo , Tshiya Subayi , Nahid Toubia World Bank, 2007:  Female Genital Cutting, Women's Health, and Development provides a comprehensive understanding of the issue of femal genital mutiliation/cutting - scope, challenges, opportunities, best practices, and how communities, development agencies, and national governments can work together to eliminate the practices on the ground. Summary:  https://publications.worldbank.org/ecommerce/catalog/product?item_id=6818693

Helping Sexual Assault Survivors with Multiple Victimizations and Needs: A Guide for Agencies Serving Sexual Assault Survivors, Jill Davies, The University of Iowa, 2007: This Guide offers information about advocacy approaches with sexual assault survivors who have experienced multiple victimizations and have multiple needs. [Source: VAWnet:eNewsletter (January/February 2008)] Link:  http://www.uiowa.edu/~socialwk/publications/Sexual%20Assault%20Guide.pdf

Ripple Effects of Sexual Assault. Zoe Morrison, Antonia Quadara and Cameron Boyd, Australian Centre for the Study of Sexual Assault, June 2007: The paper discusses some of the widespread effects of sexual assault on families, professionals and society as a whole, demonstrating the significance of sexual assault as a social issue.  [Source: VAWnet: eNewsletter (January/February 2008)] Link:  http://www.aifs.gov.au/acssa/pubs/issue/i7.html

Drug-facilitated, Incapacitated, and Forcible Rape: A National Study, Dean Kilpatrick, Heidi Resnick, Kenneth Ruggiero, Lauren M. Conoscenti, & Jenna McCauley, National Criminal Justice Reference Service, 2007: This study provides important information regarding the lifetime prevalence, past year prevalence, characteristics, and mental health impact of rape among adult women residing in U.S. households as well as among U.S. female college students. [Source: VAWnet:eNewsletter (January/February 2008)] Full article:  http://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/nij/grants/219181.pdf

Sexual Violence Offenders: Prevention and Intervention Approaches. D. Chung, P.J. O'Leary and T. Hand, Australian Center for the Study of Sexual Assault, 2006: This paper examines how theoretical explanations of sexual violence have shaped intervention and community responses. [Source: VAWnet:eNewsletter (January/February 2008)] Link:  http://www.aifs.gov.au/acssa/pubs/issue/acssa_issues5.pdf

Young People Who Sexually Abuse: Key Issues. Cameron Boyd and Leah Bromfield, Australian Centre for the Study of Sexual Assault, 2006: This paper is about young people who have committed acts of sexual abuse. It is written for those who might come across this issue in their day-to-day work and would like to know what the current research and practice says. [Source: VAWnet:eNewsletter (January/February 2008)] Link:  http://www.aifs.gov.au/acssa/pubs/wrap/acssa_wrap3.pdf

Sexual Assault and Substance Abuse, Janet Anderson, The Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs, 2005: This Digest focuses on the connection between sexual assault and substance use and abuse. The article also describes models used to prevent victims from using substances to cope with aftermath. [Source: VAWnet:eNewsletter (January/February 2008)] Link:  http://www.wcsap.org/pdf/DigestOct05.pdf

Childhood Sex Abuse Increases Risk for Drug Dependence in Adult Women. Patrick Zickler, The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), 2002: The article briefly discusses the data results gathered from interviews of women revealing that those who experienced any type of sexual abuse in their childhood were roughly three times more likely than unabused girls to report drug dependence as adults.  [Source: VAWnet:eNewsletter (January/February 2008)] Full article online at: http://www.nida.nih.gov/NIDA_Notes/NNVol17N1/Childhood.html

Substance Abuse, High-Risk Sex, and Sexual Violence: What's the Connection? Rowan Frost, Southern Arizona Center against Sexual Assault, 2002: The article summarizes some of the research that demonstrates having experienced sexual violence is strongly associated with later substance abuse, high-risk sex, and other harmful behaviors. [Source: VAWnet:eNewsletter (January/February 2008)] Link:  http://www.u.arizona.edu/~sexasslt/arpep/Dec%2002%20web%201.html

III. Journal Articles

What we know about intimate partner violence in the Middle East and North Africa, Boy A, Kulczycki A. Violence Against Women. 14(1):53-70. 2008: Little is known about intimate partner violence in the Middle East and North Africa. This review synthesizes and critically evaluates the literature. [Source: VAWNet] Full abstract: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1077801207311860

The health of trafficked women: a survey of women entering posttrafficking services in Europe, Zimmerman C, Hossain M, Yun K, Gajdadziev V, Guzun N. American Journal of Public Health. 98 (1) :55-59, 2008: Trained counselors interviewed 192 women who had been trafficked and sexually exploited about abuse and evaluated their physical and mental health status within 14 days of entry into posttrafficking services. [Source: VAWNet] Full abstract: http://dx.doi.org/10.2105/AJPH.2006.108357

Identifying types of domestic violence and its associated risk factors in a pregnant population in Kerman hospitals, Iran Republic. Salari Z,  Nakhaee N, Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health. 20 (1) :49-55. 2008:  The objective of this study was to estimate the prevalence of different kinds of physical and emotional violence in an Iranian pregnant population and to examine its associated risk factors. [Source: VAWNet] Full abstract: http://aph.sagepub.com/cgi/reprint/20/1/49 

A longitudinal study of arrested batterers, 1995-2005: career criminals. Klein AR, Tobin T. Violence Against Women; 14(2): 136-57. 2008: An examination of the abuse and criminal careers of 342 men arraigned in the Quincy, Massachusetts, District Court for a crime of domestic violence between 1995 and 1996 through 2004 reveals decade-long criminal and abuse careers largely undeterred by arrest, prosecution, probation supervision, incarceration, and batterer treatment.  [Source: SafetyLit] Full abstract: http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5b%5d=citjournalarticle_84409_20

A qualitative study of intimate partner violence universal screening by family therapy interns: implications for practice, research, training, and supervision. Todahl JL, Linville D, Chou LY, Maher-Cosenza P. J Marital Fam Ther; 34(1): 28-43. 2008: This qualitative study examined the dilemmas experienced by couples and family therapy interns when implementing universal screening for IPV in an outpatient clinic setting.  [Source: SafetyLit] Full abstract: http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5b%5d=citjournalarticle_84418_20

Abused South Korean Women: A Comparison of Those Who Do and Those Who Do Not Resort to Lethal Violence. Kim B, Titterington VB. Int J Offender Ther Comp Criminol 2008: This study compares two groups of women in South Korea: one group incarcerated for the deaths of their male partners and the other staying in a shelter for battered women.  [Source: SafetyLit] Full abstract: http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5b%5d=citjournalarticle_84271_20

Deconstructing male violence against women: the men stopping violence community-accountability model. Douglas U, Bathrick D, Perry PA. Violence Against Women; 14(2): 247-61. 2008: The MSV community-accountability model of male violence against women offers a view of the cultural and historical mechanisms that support violence against women.  [Source: SafetyLit] Full abstract: http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5b%5d=citjournalarticle_84408_20

Does judicial monitoring deter domestic violence recidivism?: results of a quasi-experimental comparison in the Bronx. Rempel M, Labriola M, Davis RC. Violence Against Women; 14(2): 185-207. 2008: The study found that judicial monitoring failed to reduce the re-arrest rate for any offense, for domestic violence, or for domestic violence with the same victim. [Source: SafetyLit] Full abstract: http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5b%5d=citjournalarticle_84287_20

Revising the SES: A Collaborative Process to Improve Assessment of Sexual Aggression and Victimization.  Mary P. Koss, Antonia Abbey, Rebecca Campbell, Sarah Cook, Jeanette Norris, Maria Testa, Sarah Ullman, Carolyn West, Jacquelyn White, Psychology of Women Quarterly 31 (4), 357-370. 2007: The Sexual Experiences Survey (SES) assesses victimization and perpetration of unwanted sexual experiences. Revised versions of the SES that resulted from the work of the SES Collaboration are now available. This article reviews weaknesses of the SES that were identified, strengths that were preserved, and methodological considerations in the measurement of unwanted sexual experiences that informed the revisions. Abstract: http://www.blackwell-synergy.com/doi/abs/10.1111/j.1471-6402.2007.00385.x

IV. Events

International Day of Zero Tolerance to FGM, February 6th 2008: 6 February is International Day against Female Genital Mutilation. The day has been designated by the United Nations to raise awareness amongst the general public about this traditional practice which severely violates the human rights of women and girls. More information visit: http://www.unifemuk.org/news-international-day-against-female-genital-mutilation.php; http://www.iac-ciaf.com/upcomingevents.htm; http://www.forwarduk.org.uk/; http://www.stopfgmc.org/client/final_category.aspx?root=168&lang=en-US

Short course in Ethical Issues in African Health Research Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, 28 February - 1 March, 2008:  The goal of this 3-day course is to provide participants with knowledge and current issues on health research ethics, As more research is conducted in Africa, ethical issues that reflect differences in cultures, politics, wealth, standards of care, individual and group rights, and priorities are surfacing with increasing frequency. Applications due 15th February 2008. For more information email: mailto:informatics at muchs.ac.tz; mailto:informatics at yahoo.com

V. Advocacy Materials

Video: Russia Report on Trafficking of Women & Girls:  Trafficking mafia are moving women from Russia to multiple countries, where they became the property of local pimps. January 2008 film. [Source: WUNRN] Online link: http://womennewsnetwork.vodpod.com/video/835799-russia-report-trafficking-of-women

Sex Slaves, Frontline: Excerpt from "Sex Slaves" showing hidden cameras trailing "Olga's" movements: She takes girls from the port of Odessa to Istanbul, and finally to a parking lot in the Aksaray district where deals are made, legal and illegal, and women are sold. Link: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/slaves/etc/excerpt_hi.html

Video - Everywoman - Girl Child Soldier:  One former child soldier tells us of the horrors she experienced.  Weblink:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hNnXGV4KjEw

Video Clip on Girl Child Network, Zimbabwe: [Source: Strong Women Update Jan 29 08] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AOAj80UPYaQ

VI. Funding Links / Opportunities

Funding Alert Volume 3, Issue 7, January 29, 2008: The National Resource Center on Domestic Violence & National Sexual Violence Resource Center's, FUNDING ALERT provides a synopsis of the available funding that can be used by individuals and/or agencies working to end domestic violence and sexual assault. The current FUNDING ALERT can be accessed at: http://new.vawnet.org/Assoc_Files_VAWnet/FundingAlert-V3N7.pdf

Call for Nominations: The Mary Fran Myers Award 2008:  The intent of this award is to recognize women and men whose advocacy, research, or management efforts have had a lasting, positive impact on reducing disaster vulnerability. The deadline for nominations is April 1, 2008. Read more: http://www.colorado.edu/hazards/awards/myers-award.html

Post-Doctoral Grant for Research on Violence against Women, Deadline 9 March 2008: The grant is being offered by the University-Community Women's Research Alliance (ARUC) in conjunction with the Interdisciplinary Research Centre (CRI-VIFF). $US30 000 will go to researchers wishing to pursue work on violence against women. Read more: http://blog.yasmilliam.com/public/Bourse_postdoctorale_ARUC.pdf

Ms. Foundation for Women: The Ms. Foundation for Women funds areas of economic security; health and safety; girls, young women and leadership. We also support organizing and public policy advocacy work that cuts across these issue areas. Webpage: http://ms.foundation.org/wmspage.cfm?parm1=5

Wallace Global Fund, Rolling Deadline: Population pressures exacerbate many of the fundamental obstacles to sustainable development: degradation of natural resources, income disparity, gender inequality and poor maternal and child health. The Fund believes that we can uphold women's human rights by expanding their reproductive health choices, thereby reducing unwanted childbearing and improving the lives of women and their families. More information online at:   http://wgf.org/grants05_womens_rights.html 

VII. Vacancies

Membership Program Coordinator / The Association for Women's Rights in Development (AWID) / Toronto, Mexico City, or Cape Town / Closing date: February 08, 2008. [Source: AWID Jobs: Week of 04 February 2008] More information:  http://www.awid.org

Request for Proposal (RFP): Translators and Editors / The Association for Women's Rights in Development (AWID) / Closing date: February 08, 2008. [Source: AWID Jobs: Week of 04 February 2008] More information: http://www.awid.org

Advocacy and Information Officer (Maternity replacement)/ WIDE / Brussels, Belgium / Closing date: February 22, 2008. [Source: AWID Jobs: Week of 04 February 2008] More information: http://www.wide-network.org/index.jsp?id=341

Professor/Associate Professor / The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies / Geneva, Switzerland / Closing date: March 15, 2008. [Source: AWID Jobs: Week of 04 February 2008] More information: http://graduateinstitute.ch

Gender Policy and Programme Development Lead / Oxfam GB / Phnom Penh, Cambodia / Closing date: February 15, 2008. [Source: AWID Jobs: Week of 04 February 2008] More information: http://www.i-grasp.com/fe/tpl_oxfam.asp?newms=jj&id=26942

Gender and Disasters Programme Specialist / UNDP / Geneva, Switzerland / Closing date: February 17, 2008. [Source: AWID Jobs: Week of 04 February 2008] More information: http://jobs.undp.org/cj_view_job.cfm?job_id=3627

Researcher on LGBT Rights / Human Rights Watch (HRW) / New York, NY, USA / Closing date: February 25, 2008. [Source: AWID Jobs: Week of 04 February 2008] More information: http://www.hrw.org/jobs/docs/2008/01/18/global17823.htm, http://www.hrw.org/jobs

Volunteer, Boys' Mentoring and Gender Equity / Winrock International / Juba, Sudan / Closing date: April 11, 2008. [Source: AWID Jobs: Week of 04 February 2008] More information: http://www2.winrock.org/people/jobs.asp

Child Care and Gender Development Officer - Northern Sudan / World Vision International / Nyala, Sudan / Closing date: February 15, 2008. [Source: AWID Jobs: Week of 04 February 2008] More information: https://jobs.wvi.org/webjobs.nsf/webjobshome?openform

Web Developer / Women's Environment & Development Organization (WEDO) / New York, NY, USA / Closing date: February 05, 2008. [Source: AWID Jobs: Week of 04 February 2008] More information: http://wedo.org/files/RFPWEBDEV%20_2_.pdf, http://wedo.org/aboutus.aspx?mode=jobs

Finance, Administration and Organizational Support Officer / International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA) / Brussels, Belgium / Closing date: February 29, 2008. [Source: AWID Jobs: Week of 04 February 2008] More information: http://www.ilga.org/news_results.asp?LanguageID=1&FileID=1141&FileCategory=1&ZoneID=4

Programme Manager for Africa / WOMANKIND / London, UK / Closing date: February 06, 2008. [Source: AWID Jobs: Week of 04 February 2008] More information: http://www.womankind.org.uk/jobs-internships.html

Director of Communications / The Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice / New York, NY, USA. [Source: AWID Jobs: Week of 04 February 2008] More information: http://www.astraeafoundation.org/PHP/AboutUs/Employment.php4

Group Director, Health and Development, Regional Office Asia / International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) / New Delhi, India / Closing date: February 29, 2008. [Source: AWID Jobs: Week of 04 February 2008] More information: http://www.icrw.org/html/jobs/jobs.htm

Gender and Human Rights Officer / IOM Indonesia / Jakarta, Indonesia / Closing date: February 06, 2008. [Source: AWID Jobs: Week of 04 February 2008] More information: http://www.iom.or.id/career.jsp?lang=eng

Consultancy on Women's Access to and Control over Land in Eastern and Southern Africa / The International Land Coalition (ILC) / Rome, Italy / Closing date: February 08, 2008. [Source: AWID Jobs: Week of 04 February 2008] More information: http://www.landcoalition.org/program/programmes.html

National Gender Coordinator / Concern Universal (CU) / Blantyre, Malawi / Closing date: February 22, 2008. [Source: AWID Jobs: Week of 04 February 2008] More information: http://www.concern-universal.org/index.php?/jobs#gender


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