[Svrilist] SVRI Update: 10 11 08

Sexual Violence Research Initiative svri at mrc.ac.za
Mon Nov 10 10:43:21 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

SVRI Forum 2009: The SVRI is pleased to invite you to its first conference, SVRI Forum 2009: Coordinated evidence-based responses to end sexual violence, to be held in Johannesburg, South Africa from 6 - 9 July 2009. The conference is aimed at promoting research on sexual violence, highlighting innovation and encouraging sharing and networking in the area of sexual violence. Webpage: http://svriforum2009.svri.org/index.htm 

Committee on the Rights of the Child: The Committee on the Rights of the Child is the body of independent experts that monitors implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child by its State parties. Read more: http://www2.ohchr.org/english/bodies/crc/

Batterers' Intervention Program: The Stop Violence against Women page on Batterers' Intervention Programs has recently been updated. Webpage: http://www.stopvaw.org/Batterers_Intervention_Programs.html

Asia-Japan Women's Resource Center (AJWRC) On Discrimination And Violence Against Women: Adopting feminist perspective that links gender, North-South relations and the environment, the AJWRC works to end all forms of violence and discrimination against women, toward democratic Japanese society based on respect for human rights and gender equality, and toward a fair and sustainable global society. AJWRC Website: http://www.ajwrc.org/eng/modules/pico1/index.php?content_id=1

II. Online Publications

Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting: Data and Trends, Charlotte Feldman-Jacobs and Donna Clifton, Population Reference Bureau. 2008: An estimated 100 million to 140 million girls and women worldwide have undergone female genital mutilation/cutting and more than 3 million girls are at risk for cutting each year on the African continent alone. [Source: WUNRN] Full report online at: http://www.prb.org/Publications/Datasheets/2008/fgm2008.aspx

Measures for the assessment of dimensions of violence against women: A compendium, Compiled by Michael Flood, 5 November 2008: This is a compendium of measures for the assessment of dimensions of violence against women. It also includes measures regarding gender and sexual norms and attitudes. However, it does not cover measures related to child abuse, child sexual abuse, or sexual harassment. Full document online at: http://www.svri.org/measures.pdf

These Everyday Humiliations: Violence Against Lesbians, Bisexual Women, and Transgender Men in Kyrgyzstan. Human Rights Watch, 2008: Lesbian and bisexual women and transgender men face violent abuse, including rape, in Kyrgyzstan, both in family settings and from strangers on the street. [Source: AWID Resource-Net Announcements: 05 November 2008] Read more: http://www.awid.org/eng/Women-in-Action/New-Resources/A-New-Publication-Human-Rights-Watch-These-Everyday-Humiliations-Violence-Against-Lesbians-Bisexual-Women-and-Transgender-Men-in-Kyrgyzstan

A study on violence against girls in primary schools and its impacts on girls' education in Ethiopia. Save the Children Denmark; Ministry of Education, Ethiopia; Ministry of Women's Affairs, Ethiopia, United Nations Girls' Education Initiative, 2008: With a focus on Ethiopia, this paper identifies and analyses the types, prevalence, major causes and effects of violence against girls in schools. [Source: AWID Resource-Net Announcements: 05 November 2008] Read more: http://www.ungei.org/resources/files/Study_on_Violence_Against_Schoolgfils_final.pdf

CEDAW - The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women. Fempower No. 13(1) 2008: This issue of Fempower deals with the history and achievements of CEDAW in the last 25 years and describes cases from different countries brought to the attention of the CEDAW committee. [Source: WUNRN] Full paper available in english / french, online at: http://www.wave-network.org/images/doku/fempower13cedaw_english.pdf

Action Plan against Prostitution and Human Trafficking for Sexual Purposes. Ministry of Integration and Gender Equality, 2008: On 10 July 2008, the Government of Sweden adopted an action plan for combating prostitution and human trafficking for sexual purposes. [Source: WUNRN] Full report: http://www.regeringen.se/download/fcd261a4.pdf?major=1&minor=110629&cn=attachmentPublDuplicator_0_attachment
Equality for Women - A Handbook for NHRIs on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. Equitas - International Centre for Human Rights Education, 2008: The aim of this publication is to support the efforts of National Human Rights Institutions to ensure that gender equality is in the forefront of efforts to promote and protect economic, social and cultural rights. The Handbook is divided into six modules: Positioning the Issues, Equality, Development, and Rights - Making the Connections, The Legal Framework, Organizing NHRIs to Achieve Women's ESC Rights, The Protection Mandate - Complaints Handling, Investigation and Monitoring, The Promotion Mandate - Advice, Advocacy and Education. [Source: Pacwin] Download: http://www.equitas.org/english/pdf/EquitasWESCRHandbook.pdf

"Ripple effects" of sexual assault. Zoë Morrison, Antonia Quadara & Cameron Boyd, Australian Centre for the Study of Sexual Assault, 2007: This 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. Full paper online at: http://www.aifs.gov.au/acssa/pubs/issue/acssa_issues7.pdf

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

III. Journal Articles

Global issues in women's health. Sciarra, J. J., Int J Gynaecol Obstet. 2008: Expansion of reproductive health services, training of appropriate medical personnel, and elevating the status of women in society are all necessary and appropriate solutions to improve the health of women in low-income countries. [Source: RAISE Initiative Literature Review for 7 November 2008] Full article: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18922522?dopt=Citation

A comparison of women versus men charged with intimate partner violence: general risk factors, attitudes regarding using violence, and readiness to change. Simmons CA, Lehmann P, Cobb N. Violence Vict; 23(5): 571-85. 2008: The current descriptive study seeks to broaden empirical understanding about women charged with intimate partner violence by comparing a sample of women in a domestic violence diversion program (N = 78) to a matched sample of men (N = 78) in the same program on measurements of general risk factors, attitudes toward using violence, and readiness to change. [Source: SafetyLit] Full abstract: http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5b%5d=citjournalarticle_91609_20

Alcohol Availability and Intimate Partner Violence Among US Couples. McKinney CM, Caetano R, Harris TR, Ebama MS. Alcohol Clin Exp Res 2008; ePub: This study examines the relation between alcohol outlet density (the number of alcohol outlets per capita by zip code) and male-to-female partner violence or female-to-male partner violence. [Source: SafetyLit] Full abstract: http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5b%5d=citjournalarticle_91549_20

Correlates of Dating Violence Among Male and Female Heavy-Drinking College Students. Roudsari BS, Leahy MM, Walters ST. J Interpers Violence 2008; ePub: The aim of this study was to evaluate the correlates for dating violence among heavy-drinking college students. [Source: SafetyLit] Full abstract: http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5b%5d=citjournalarticle_91548_20

Exploratory spatial data analysis (ESDA) of violent, economic and sexual offenders in the city of Tshwane, South Africa. Breetzke GD. Acta Criminol; 21(SE-1): 131-149. 2008: In this study, for the first time in a South African context, the spatial origin of offenders across three crime categories are investigated : violent, economic and sexual. [Source: SafetyLit] Full abstract: http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5b%5d=citjournalarticle_91491_20

Intimate or Childhood Sexual Abuse and Obesity in Kentucky. Coker AL, Williams C, Ferguson JE, Busch HM, Parrish Y, Crofford L. Fam Violence Prev Health Pract; 1(7): 2008, ePub: Sexual abuse, whether experienced as an adult or child, was associated with a 32% increase in obesity among 4,391 women in Kentucky. Full article: http://endabuse.org/health/ejournal/archive/1-7/abuse_and_obesity.php

The Intersection of HIV and Intimate Partner Violence: Considerations, Concerns, and Policy Implications, M. L. Baty, Fam Violence Prev Health Pract 2008: This article provides an overview of the current recommendations for HIV testing and counseling and IPV screening and discusses issues germane to providing services to persons at risk for both HIV and IPV. The article concludes with considerations for practice and policy. See full article: http://endabuse.org/health/ejournal/archive/1-7/hiv_ipv.php

Prevalence of dating partner violence and suicidal ideation among male and female university students worldwide. Chan KL, Straus MA, Brownridge DA, Tiwari A, Leung WC. J Midwifery Womens Health; 53(6): 529-37. 2008: This paper presents findings from the International Dating Violence study regarding the prevalence of physical assault, sexual coercion, and suicidal ideation among university students and explores the relationships between suicidal ideation and dating violence. [Source: SafetyLit] Full abstract: http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5b%5d=citjournalarticle_91529_20

Revictimisation of rape victims by the South African Police Service. Steyn E, Steyn J. Acta Criminol; 21(SE-1): 41-60. 2008: This article investigates whether rape victims are not reporting their rape incidences to the South African Police Service due to fear of being revictimised. [Source: SafetyLit] Full abstract: http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5b%5d=citjournalarticle_91488_20

Sexual victimisation of female students at a South African tertiary institution: the victim's perception of the perpetrator. Dastile NP. Acta Criminol; 21(SE-2): 189-206. 2008: In this study, the nature and consequences of the sexual victimisation of female students at a South African tertiary institution were explored with specific reference to sexual harassment and rape. [Source: SafetyLit] Full abstract: http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5b%5d=citjournalarticle_91496_20

Research Participants Telling the Truth About Their Lives - The Ethics of Asking and Not Asking About Abuse. Kathryn A. Becker-Blease & Jennifer J. Freyd, American Pschologist, 2006: Most discussions of the ethics of self-report research on abuse and interpersonal violence focus on the risks of asking participants about their experiences. An important element of the cost- benefit analysis-the costs of not asking about child abuse-has largely been ignored. Full article: http://www.uic.edu/orgs/violencecenter/files/beckerbleaseethicsAP2006.pdf

Sexual Revictimization: A Review of the Empirical Literature. Classen et al. Trauma Violence Abuse. 6: 103-129. 2005: This article reviews the literature on sexual revictimization, covering approximately 90 empirical studies and includes a discussion of prevalence, risk factors, and correlates of sexual revictimization. Research suggests that two of three individuals who are sexually victimized will be revictimized. Full abstract: http://tva.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/6/2/103

Sexual Assault Revictimization. Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs, Research & Advocacy Digest. 6(3) 2004: The phenomenon known as sexual revictmization is one of the most complex and multi-faceted questions facing those in the sexual assault field. Full digest: http://www.wcsap.org/pdf/RAD%206-3.pdf

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

IV. Events

Call for Abstracts - SVRI Forum 2009: Sexual Violence is a global issue that requires coordinated evidence-based responses, Johannesburg, South Africa, 6 - 9 July 2009. More information online at: http://svriforum2009.svri.org/index.htm 

Take Back The Tech! Reclaiming ICTs to End Violence Against Women, November 25 - 10 December 2008: Know your way around the internet? Join AWID's Take Back The Tech Hunt! Solve simple clues by exploring information and communication platforms like the internet and SMS, as well as the AWID Forum space. [Source: AWID Resource-Net Announcements: 05 November 2008] Read more: http://www.awid.org/eng/Women-in-Action/Announcements2/Take-Back-The-Tech%21-Reclaiming-ICTs-to-End-Violence-Against-Women

Global Call for Action - demand end to war-rapes in Goma, DRC: This is part of a global call for real action by world leaders to stop the violence and war-rapes that are occurring in Goma after renewed fighting reached the city's steps in the past days. Many actors are doing behind the scenes work. Many of us and you who want to make your voices heard and to reach global leaders to denounce this fresh round of atrocities and sexual violence against Congolese women. We are seeking signatures - fast- for this global petition. Your name or your organization's. Please send your Name, Affiliation, Country to be added to this petition. We will direct it to key actors in and outside the DRC when we have reached a critical mass of signatures. Please email your reply to Anne-christine d'Adesky: acd at worldpulse.com

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

VI. Funding Links / Scholarships / Research Opportunities

Funding Alert. National Resource Center on Domestic Violence & National Sexual Violence Resource Center. 4(2), October 31, 2008: The 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 Funding Alert is located at: http://new.vawnet.org/Assoc_Files_VAWnet/FundingAlert-V4N2.pdf

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 

VII. 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 

VIII. 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

UNIFEM Job Vacancies: New UNIFEM job vacancy announcements are available on the UNIFEM website: http://www.unifem.org/about/jobs.php

Social Development Specialist (Gender and Development) / The Asian Development Bank (ADB) / Manila, Philippines / Closing date: November 21, 2008. [Source: AWID Resource-Net Jobs: Week of 10th November 2008] More information: http://www.awid.org/eng/Jobs/Jobs-Around-the-World/Social-Development-Specialist-Gender-and-Development

Consultancy, Development of Monitoring and Evaluation Plans for IPWPDM / UNIFEM East and Southeast Asia Regional Office / Dili, Timor-Leste / Closing date: November 12, 2008. [Source: AWID Resource-Net Jobs: Week of 10th November 2008] More information: http://www.awid.org/eng/Jobs/Jobs-Around-the-World/Consultancy-Development-of-Monitoring-and-Evaluation-Plans-for-IPWPDM

Gender Specialists / DACAAR / Kabul, Afghanistan / Closing date: November 21, 2008. [Source: AWID Resource-Net Jobs: Week of 10th November 2008] More information: http://www.awid.org/eng/Jobs/Jobs-Around-the-World/Gender-Specialists

Gender Advisor / DACAAR / Kabul, Afghanistan / Closing date: November 21, 2008. [Source: AWID Resource-Net Jobs: Week of 10th November 2008] More information: http://www.awid.org/eng/Jobs/Jobs-Around-the-World/Gender-Advisor

Consultant: Gender Assessment / UNDP-Iraq / Amman, Jordan / Closing date: November 19, 2008. [Source: AWID Resource-Net Jobs: Week of 10th November 2008] More information: http://www.awid.org/eng/Jobs/Jobs-Around-the-World/Consultant-Gender-Assessment

Consultant: Gender Mainstreaming Strategy / UNDP-Iraq / Amman, Jordan / Closing date: November 19, 2008. [Source: AWID Resource-Net Jobs: Week of 10th November 2008] More information: http://www.awid.org/eng/Jobs/Jobs-Around-the-World/Consultant-Gender-Mainstreaming-Strategy

Consultant: Gender Training Specialist / UNDP-Iraq / Amman, Jordan / Closing date: November 19, 2008. [Source: AWID Resource-Net Jobs: Week of 10th November 2008] More information: http://www.awid.org/eng/Jobs/Jobs-Around-the-World/Consultant-Gender-Training-Specialist

Media Specialist (Campaign to End Fistula) / UNFPA / New York, NY, USA / Closing date: November 27, 2008. [Source: AWID Resource-Net Jobs: Week of 10th November 2008] More information: http://www.awid.org/eng/Jobs/Jobs-Around-the-World/Media-Specialist-Campaign-to-End-Fistula

Gender Rights Legal Specialist / The ABA Rule of Law Initiative (ROLI) / Dushanbe, Tajikistan. [Source: AWID Resource-Net Jobs: Week of 10th November 2008] More information: [Source: AWID Resource-Net Jobs: Week of 10th November 2008] More information: http://www.awid.org/eng/Jobs/Jobs-Around-the-World/Gender-Rights-Legal-Specialist

Director, Gender-based Violence Project / The ABA Rule of Law Initiative (ROLI) / Maniema, Democratic Republic of Congo. [Source: AWID Resource-Net Jobs: Week of 10th November 2008] More information: http://www.awid.org/eng/Jobs/Jobs-Around-the-World/Director-Gender-based-Violence-Project

Campaigns officer, Women's Rights (9 months) / ActionAid UK / London, UK / Closing date: November 21, 2008. [Source: AWID Resource-Net Jobs: Week of 10th November 2008] More information: http://www.awid.org/eng/Jobs/Jobs-Around-the-World/Campaigns-officer-Women-s-Rights-9-months

Executive Director / INTERIGHTS / London, UK / Closing date: November 30, 2008. [Source: AWID Resource-Net Jobs: Week of 10th November 2008] More information: http://www.awid.org/eng/Jobs/Jobs-Around-the-World/Campaigns-officer-Women-s-Rights-9-months

Lawyer/Senior Lawyer, Equality Programme / INTERIGHTS / London, UK / Closing date: December 03, 2008. [Source: AWID Resource-Net Jobs: Week of 10th November 2008] More information: http://www.awid.org/eng/Jobs/Jobs-Around-the-World/Lawyer-Senior-Lawyer-Equality-Programme

PhD Intern, Gender and Development / The Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) / Durban or Pretoria, South Africa / Closing date: November 21, 2008. [Source: AWID Resource-Net Jobs: Week of 10th November 2008] More information: http://www.awid.org/eng/Jobs/Jobs-Around-the-World/PhD-Intern-Gender-and-Development

Senior Africa Manager, Global Partnerships / Women Thrive Worldwide / Washington, DC, USA / Closing date: December 01, 2008. [Source: AWID Resource-Net Jobs: Week of 10th November 2008] More information: http://www.awid.org/eng/Jobs/Jobs-Around-the-World/Senior-Africa-Manager-Global-Partnerships

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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