[Svrilist] SVRI Update: 25 03 08

Sexual Violence Research Initiative svri at mrc.ac.za
Tue Mar 25 12:27:21 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. Funding Links / Scholarships / Research Opportunities
VI. Vacancies
VII. SVRI Online Discussion Forum

I. Websites

Working To End Violence Against Women in Brazil, VAWNet: This Special Collection highlights and celebrates the tremendous work being done in Brazil to end violence against women. The selected materials and resources provide a snapshot of the magnitude of the problem and highlight various recommendations for public policy as well as opportunities for community involvement and action. Webpage: http://new.vawnet.org/category/index_pages.php?category_id=782

Iraq: Insecurity and Violence Against Women, VAWNet: This Special Collection aims to raise awareness about some of the realities facing women in Iraq. The collection focuses more specifically on how current events in Iraq have uniquely impacted Iraqi women and have engendered various forms of violence against women. Webpage: http://new.vawnet.org/category/index_pages.php?category_id=790

Centre for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE): The Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE) is a U.S.-based non-governmental organization focused on the effects of U.S. international policies on the health and rights of women, girls, and other vulnerable populations in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Website: http://www.genderhealth.org/

The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study: The ACE Study is an ongoing collaboration between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Kaiser Permanente. The ACE Study is perhaps the largest scientific research study  of its kind, analyzing the relationship between multiple categories of childhood trauma (ACEs), and health and behavioral outcomes later in life. Website: http://www.acestudy.org/

II. Online Publications and Resources

The Effects of Childhood Stress on Health Across the Lifespan. Atlanta (GA): Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control; Middlebrooks JS, Audage NC. 2008: This document summarizes the available research on childhood stress and its implications for adult health and well-being. Of particular interest is the stress caused by child abuse, neglect, and repeated exposure to intimate partner violence (IPV). [Source: VAWnet :eNewsletter (March/April 2008)] Full report: http://www.cdc.gov/ncipc/pub-res/pdf/Childhood_Stress.pdf

Promotion and Protection of all Human Rights, Civil, Political, Economic, Social and Cultural, including the Right to Development. Report of the Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences, Addendum: Mission to the Democratic Republic of the Congo. A/HRC/7/6/Add.4. Yakin Ertürk, 28 February 2008: This report focuses on sexual violence used as an instrument of war in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Full report: http://www2.ohchr.org/english/bodies/hrcouncil/docs/7session/A.HRC.7.6.Add.4.doc

State Court Processing of Domestic Violence Cases by the Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, 2008: Report on a study comparing domestic violence and non-domestic violence sexual and aggravated assault cases filed in state courts of 15 large urban counties during May 2002 on 11 prosecution, conviction and sentencing outcome measures. [Source: VAWnet :eNewsletter (March/April 2008)] Full report: http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/pub/pdf/scpdvc.pdf

Iraqi Refugee Women and Youth in Jordan: Reproductive Health Findings: A snapshot from the field, Women's Commission for Refugee Women and Children, 2007: The Women's Commission for Refugee Women and Children conducted a two-week field mission to Amman, Jordan in June 2007 to gather information from Iraqi refugee women, men and youth about their reproductive health and other needs. [Source: AWID Announcements: Week of 19 March 2008] For more information and to access this report, please visit http://www.womenscommission.org/

Leaving the Past Behind? When Victims of Trafficking Decline Assistance. Anette Brunovskis & Rebecca Surtees. A Research Co-Operation Between Fafo and NEXUS Institute. 2007: This study considers the reasons that some trafficking victims decline assistance and examines the circumstances under which they do so. [Source: WUNRN] Full report: http://www.fafo.no/pub/rapp/20040/20040.pdf

Poverty and Sexual Violence: Building Prevention and Intervention Responses by Donna Greco and Sarah Dawgert for the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape, 2007: There is a complex and often reciprocal relationship between poverty and sexual violence. This guide is intended to support rape crisis centers in their economic advocacy efforts at all levels of the organization. [Source: VAWnet :eNewsletter (March/April 2008)] Full report: http://www.pcar.org/resources/poverty.pdf

Ending Gender-Based Violence: A call for global action to involve men by Larry Ferguson, Jeff Hearn, Oystein Gullvag Holter, Lars Jalmert, Michael Kimmel, James Lang, & Robe, Sida, 2004: Masculinity researchers write about masculinity and its link to violence around the world, suggesting ways in which men can be involved in combating violence. [Source: VAWnet :eNewsletter (March/April 2008)] Full report: http://www.sida.se/shared/jsp/download.jsp?f=SVI34602.pdf&a=3108

Silence and Complicity: Violence Against Women in Peruvian Public Health Facilities, Latin American and Caribbean Committee for the Defense of Women's Rights (CLADEM) and The Center for Reproductive Law and Policy (CRLP), 2003: Peruvian women are being subjected to violence in that nation's government-run health facilities, say women lawyers who have documented cases of abuse throughout several geographical regions of the country. This investigative book reveals sexual and psychological violence against women who use public reproductive health and family planning services. Download online at: http://www.reproductiverights.org/pub_bo_silence.html#online

Ending Violence Against Women by Lori Heise, Mary Ellsberg and Megan Gottemoeller, Series L, Number 11, in Population Reports. December 1999: This paper highlights the two most prevalent types of abuse in the lives of women and girls around the world: intimate partner violence and rape; and demonstrates how world-wide gender-based violence is a major public health concern, suggesting strategies to respond. [Source: VAWnet :eNewsletter (March/April 2008)] Full report: http://www.infoforhealth.org/pr/l11/violence.pdf

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

III. Journal Articles

Borderline Personality Characteristics and Treatment Outcome in Cognitive-Behavioral Treatments for PTSD in Female Rape Victims. Clarke SB, Rizvi SL, Resick PA .Behav Ther.;39(1):72-8. 2008: This study examined the effects of borderline personality characteristics (BPC) on 131 female rape victims receiving cognitive-behavioral treatment for PTSD. [Source: Battered Women Health Update] Full abstract: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18328872?ordinalpos=5&itool=EntrezSystem2.PEntrez.Pubmed.Pubmed_ResultsPanel.Pubmed_RVDocSum

Coerced sexual intercourse within marriage: a clinic-based study of pregnant Palestinian refugees in Lebanon. Khawaja M, Hammoury N. J Midwifery Womens Health; 53(2):150-4. 2008: This study examines the correlates of forced sexual intercourse among pregnant refugee women attending an antenatal clinic in Sidon, Lebanon. [Source: Battered Women Health Update] Full abstract: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18308266?ordinalpos=25&itool=EntrezSystem2.PEntrez.Pubmed.Pubmed_ResultsPanel.Pubmed_RVDocSum

Attitudes of Jordanian Society Toward Wife Abuse. Btoush R, Haj-Yahia MM. J Interpers Violence 2008: The authors conducted an exploratory study among a convenience sample of 260 Jordanian men and women, using self-administered open and closed questions to examine the participants' approach toward wife abuse. [Source: SafetyLit: 24 March 2008] Abstract: http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5b%5d=citjournalarticle_85754_20

Breaking the cycle/mending the hoop: adverse childhood experiences among incarcerated American Indian/Alaska Native women in New Mexico. De Ravello L, Abeita J, Brown P. Health Care Women Int; 29(3): 300-15. 2008: Incarcerated American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) women have multiple physical, social, and emotional concerns, many of which may stem from adverse childhood experiences (ACE).  [Source: SafetyLit: 24 March 2008] Abstract: http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5b%5d=citjournalarticle_85926_20

Child maltreatment and substance abuse among U.S. army soldiers. Gibbs DA, Martin SL, Johnson RE, Rentz ED, Clinton-Sherrod M, Hardison J. Child Maltreat 2008: Analysis of U.S. Army data on all substantiated incidents of parental child maltreatment committed between 2000 and 2004 by active duty soldiers found that 13% of offenders were noted to have been abusing alcohol or illicit drugs at the time of their child maltreatment incident. [Source: SafetyLit: 24 March 2008] Abstract: http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5b%5d=citjournalarticle_85867_20

Female and Male Sex Offenders: A Comparison of Recidivism Patterns and Risk Factors. Freeman NJ, Sandler JC. J Interpers Violence 2008: Few studies have empirically validated the assertion that female and male sex offenders are vastly different.  [Source: SafetyLit: 24 March 2008] Abstract: http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5b%5d=citjournalarticle_85898_20

Ha sentido sola? Culturally competent screening for intimate partner violence in Latina women. Wrangle J, Fisher JW, Paranjape A. J Womens Health (Liebert); 17(2): 261-8. 2008: Primary care visits provide an excellent opportunity to identify intimate partner violence survivors; however, among immigrant Latina women, language can be a barrier. [Source: SafetyLit: 24 March 2008] Abstract: http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5b%5d=citjournalarticle_85799_20

Intimate Partner Violence Among Male and Female Russian University Students. Lysova AV, Douglas EM. J Interpers Violence 2008: This article reports data from three Russian sites of the International Dating Violence Study. [Source: SafetyLit: 24 March 2008] Abstract: http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5b%5d=citjournalarticle_85850_20

Intimate partner violence among midlife and older women: a descriptive analysis of women seeking medical services. Sormanti M, Shibusawa T. Health Soc Work; 33(1): 33-41. 2008: Although intimate partner violence (IPV) may occur throughout a woman's life course, there has been a paucity of research on the experiences of victimization among midlife and older women. [Source: SafetyLit: 24 March 2008] Abstract: http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5b%5d=citjournalarticle_85795_20

Intimate partner violence and psychological functioning in Latina women. Hazen AL, Connelly CD, Soriano FI, Landsverk JA. Health Care Women Int; 29(3): 282-99. 2008: In this study, the researchers examined the associations among intimate partner violence and psychological functioning in 282 Latina women between 18 and 45 years. [Source: SafetyLit: 24 March 2008] Abstract: http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5b%5d=citjournalarticle_85861_20

Is Sexual Victimization Gender Specific? The Prevalence of Forced Sexual Activity Among Men and Women in Denmark, and Self-Reported Well-Being Among Survivors. Sundaram V, Laursen B, Helweg-Larsen K. J Interpers Violence 2008: The present study investigates the prevalence of sexual victimization and correlations between sexual victimization and indicators of poor health in two representative samples of men and women in Denmark. [Source: SafetyLit: 24 March 2008] Abstract: http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5b%5d=citjournalarticle_85900_20

Serial and single-victim rapists: differences in crime-scene violence, interpersonal involvement, and criminal sophistication. Park J, Schlesinger LB, Pinizzotto AJ, Davis EF. Behav Sci Law; 26(2): 227-237. 2008: Three categories of crime-scene behaviors (violence, interpersonal involvement, and criminal sophistication) among a group of 22 serial and 22 single-victim rapists were studied. [Source: SafetyLit: 24 March 2008] Abstract: http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5b%5d=citjournalarticle_85915_20

Prevalence of and reasons for domestic violence among women from low socioeconomic communities of Karachi. Ali TS, Bustamante-Gavino I. East Mediterr Health Journal; 13(6): 1417-26; 2007: We conducted a cross-sectional study to estimate the prevalence of domestic violence and identify the reasons for it among 400 married women aged 15-45 years in low socioeconomic areas in urban Karachi. [Source: SafetyLit: 24 March 2008] Abstract: http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5b%5d=citjournalarticle_85963_20

Adolescents' sexual scripts: schematic representations of consensual and nonconsensual heterosexual interactions. Krahé B, Bieneck S, Scheinberger-Olwig R. J Sex Res; 44(4): 316-27. 2007: The characteristic features of adolescents' sexual scripts were explored in 400 tenth and eleventh graders from Berlin, Germany.  [Source: SafetyLit: 24 March 2008] Abstract: http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5b%5d=citjournalarticle_85768_20

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

IV. Events

Call for Expressions of Interest: 2008 Medico-Legal Convening in Response to Sexual Violence - The Safari Park Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya, 2 June - 5 June 2008: This workshop aims at strengthening the medico-legal response to sexual violence through multi-disciplinary collaboration among organisations and partners in Eastern, Central and Southern Africa. For more information visit: http://www.svri.org/interest.htm 

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

V. Funding Links / Scholarships / Research Opportunities

Get Scholarship - Beasiswa: This site dedicated to students or anybody who need scholarships and grants in order to continue their studies. Browse their archives to find out more information about undergraduate, postgraduate, doctoral and postdoctoral financial aid. Website address: http://www.getscholarship.net/

MA in Gender, Globalisation and Rights, National University of Ireland: This new taught one-year MA in Gender, Globalisation and Rights (Women's Studies) offers students a unique opportunity to combine advanced study of two important fields - globalisation and human rights - through a critical, advocacy-oriented, gender lens. A limited number of partial MA scholarships are available on a competitive basis. In addition, eligible candidates from Sri Lanka, South Africa and Ethiopia may apply for an NUI Galway International Scholarship. Application deadline: April 11 2008 (applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until seats are filled). For full details, please visit: www.nuigalway.ie/womens_studies or contact: Dr. Nata Duvvury, by email: n.duvvury at gmail.com

Arab Human Rights Fund: The Arab Human Rights Fund (AHRF), an independent foundation, which aims to provide financial resources and technical assistance to organizations and individuals active in the promotion of all human rights in the Arab region in line with local and regional needs. Website: http://ahrfund.org/english/about/aboutus.php

Funding Alert. Volume 3, Issue 10: March 19, 2008: The Funding Alert is created by the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence & National Sexual Violence Resource Center Government. Private grants are included in this issue. Link: http://new.vawnet.org/category/Documents.php?docid=1314

SOAWR - Call for Proposals: The coalition Solidarity for African Women's Rights (SOAWR) is inviting members to submit grant proposals for actions that will contribute to the following campaign objectives: (1). By the end of 2008, SOAWR will have accelerated ratification in ten countries, namely Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Liberia, Sudan, Tanzania, Zambia and two North African Countries; and (2). By the end of 2008 there will be national implementation strategies and actions generated and running in eight countries, namely Gambia, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda and South Africa. Deadline for grant proposals is: 7th April 2008. [Source: Pambazuka News 355: Links and Resources] For more information visit: http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/fundraising/46865

Restricted Call for Proposals 2008: European Commission Programme 'Investing in People' - Equality Between Women And Men: Strengthening the capacity of civil society organisations (including economic and social partners) active in the field of promoting women's rights and equality between women and men in Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestinian Territories, Syria and Tunisia. Deadline for submission of Concept Notes: 07/05//2008, 16:00 CET [Source: WUNRN] For more details on this award download: http://www.dellbn.ec.europa.eu/en/whatsnew/08/cp-equality/Gender2008GuidelinesEN.pdf

For more funding links visit: http://www.svri.org/funding.htm

VI. Vacancies

Senior Adviser on Rule of Law and Gender / UNDP / Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo / Closing date: April 04, 2008. [Source: AWID Jobs: Week of 24 March 2008] More information online at: http://jobs.undp.org/cj_view_job.cfm?job_id=4149

Liaison Officer / UNIFEM / Madrid, Spain / Closing date: April 08, 2008. [Source: AWID Jobs: Week of 24 March 2008] More information online at: http://jobs.undp.org/cj_view_job.cfm?job_id=4167

Knowledge Management Specialist / UNIFEM / New York, NY, USA / Closing date: April 09, 2008. [Source: AWID Jobs: Week of 24 March 2008] More information online at: http://jobs.undp.org/cj_view_job.cfm?job_id=4151

Administrative Assistant: Ending Violence Against Women / UNIFEM / New York, NY, USA / Closing date: April 01, 2008. [Source: AWID Jobs: Week of 24 March 2008] More information online at: http://jobs.undp.org/cj_view_job.cfm?job_id=4145

Human Rights Education (HRE) Coordinator / Amnesty International / Beirut, Lebanon / Closing date: March 31, 2008. [Source: AWID Jobs: Week of 24 March 2008] More information online at: http://www.amnesty.org/en/jobs_all/vacant-positions

Executive Director, Africa Division / Human Rights Watch (HRW) / New York, NY, USA or another major HRW office / Apply Immediately. [Source: AWID Jobs: Week of 24 March 2008] More information online at: http://www.hrw.org/jobs/docs/2008/02/15/africa18084.htm

Chief of Party, Women's Economic Empowerment Program / Relief International (RI). [Source: AWID Jobs: Week of 24 March 2008] More information online at: http://ri.org/job_list_2.php

Intern (Summer): Women's Political Participation / The National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) / Washington, DC, USA. [Source: AWID Jobs: Week of 24 March 2008] More information online at: http://www.ndi.org/employment/employment.asp

Scientist (Medical Abortion Social Science and Operations Research) / World Health Organization (WHO) / Geneva, Switzerland / Closing date: April 30, 2008. [Source: AWID Jobs: Week of 24 March 2008] More information online at: http://www.who.int/employment/vacancies/en

Senior Technical Specialist, Gender, HIV and AIDS / The International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) / Washington, DC, USA / Closing date: April 15, 2008. [Source: AWID Jobs: Week of 24 March 2008] More information online at: http://www.icrw.org/html/jobs/jobs.htm

Development Director / City Year Boston / Boston, MA, USA. [Source: AWID Jobs: Week of 24 March 2008] More information online at: http://cityyear.org/home.aspx 

Assistant or Associate Professor of Clinical Public Health / [Source: AWID Jobs: Week of 24 March 2008] More information online at: http://www.columbia.edu

Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University / New York, NY, USA. [Source: AWID Jobs: Week of 24 March 2008] More information online at: http://www.columbia.edu

Secretariat Manager / JASS Southeast Asia / Medan, Indonesia / Closing date: March 31, 2008. [Source: AWID Jobs: Week of 24 March 2008] More information online at: http://www.justassociates.org

Summer Internship / The Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE) / Takoma Park, MD, USA / Closing date: April 01, 2008. [Source: AWID Jobs: Week of 24 March 2008] More information online at: http://www.genderhealth.org/InternSummer08.php

Director / The European Institute for Gender Equality / Vilnius, Lithuania / Closing date: April 22, 2008. [Source: AWID Jobs: Week of 24 March 2008] More information online at: http://ec.europa.eu/dgs/personnel_administration/working_senior_mgt_en.htm#2008_10062

Program Officer, Human Rights / Ford Foundation / New York, NY, USA / Closing date: April 30, 2008. [Source: AWID Jobs: Week of 24 March 2008] More information online at: http://www.fordfound.org/employment

VII. SVRI Online Discussion Forum: current discussions

The SVRI has created an online discussion forum which provides you with a platform to interact online with other members of the SVRI who have registered with the Forum. Five discussions are currently taking place on the Forum. 

* Strengthening sexual violence advocacy initiatives through research
* Initiation Schools and Violence
* What Campus Rape Crisis? Mary Koss's Response
* Question about medical exams for survivors of trauma
* Medico-legal care for sexual assault survivors

To view these discussions, comment or create your own please visit: http://www.svri.org/activities.htm#svri


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

The Sexual Violence Research Initiative, an initiative of the Global Forum for Health Research, is hosted by the Medical Research Council, South Africa.  The SVRI aims to promote research on sexual violence and generate empirical data to ensure sexual violence is recognized as a priority public health problem.  To learn more about the SVRI visit our website www.svri.org <http://www.svri.org/>  or contact us at svri at mrc.ac.za 

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