[Svrilist] SVRI Update: 23 01 14

Sexual Violence Research Initiative svri at mrc.ac.za
Thu Jan 23 16:12:20 SAST 2014


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Dear SVRI List Members

This SVRI Update contains a variety of sexual violence related research and resources. If you would like to have your sexual violence related resources included in the Update, please send your materials to svri at mrc.ac.za<mailto:svri at mrc.ac.za>. For more information and resources on sexual violence and the Sexual Violence Research Initiative visit www.svri.org<http://www.svri.org>. Please note that the SVRI Updates are also available on our Facebook<https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sexual-Violence-Research-Initiative/71822396561?fref=ts> page.

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

I. SVRI members requests
II. Sexual violence in the news
III. Advocacy and awareness raising
IV. Websites
V. Online publications/resources
VI. Journal articles
VII. Events
VIII. Funding links / research opportunities / fellowships and scholarships
IX. Vacancies


I. SVRI members requests

1) Survey completion request: South African male views on masculinity

Josie Rowe-Setz is working on her  MSc Dissertation currently with the University of Liverpool, in the field of applied psychology. She is exploring the impact of South African male cognitions on active sexual assault. Josie is at the point where she need many men (n=1,000) to complete her survey, which is focused on exploring South African men's views of masculinity. She would like to request you to circulate this survey, which is open to any and all male South Africans between 18 and 60 years old, working, lecturing or learning at any tertiary institution in SA. The questionnaire can be filled in in 10 minutes, and is available in English, Afrikaans and Zulu - if you can help in getting this out there to the target population and/or responding if you qualify , it would be appreciated! She needs to have all completed by end February 2014, so time is limited. Josie can be contacted on jos at psychstudy.co.za<mailto:jos at psychstudy.co.za> if you need to discuss. Please access the survey online at: http://psychstudy.co.za.

2) Get involved! The Violence Prevention Learning Center

The Violence Prevention Learning Center, a collaboration between Raising Voices and the Center for Domestic Violence Prevention (CEDOVIP)<http://raisingvoices.org/activism/local/>, provides fresh insights and pioneering approaches for preventing violence in personal relationships-plus support for putting it all into action. Learning begins in one of our highly interactive courses linking theory and practice, and then it continues with technical assistance for taking action. There are two ways to participate in the Violence Prevention Learning Center:

*         Become a SASA! partner: The deadline for applications to become a SASA! partner is 14 February 2014. Visit: http://raisingvoices.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/The-Violence-Prevention-Learning-Center_FINAL20Jan-LOCKED.docx.

*         Register for quality VAW prevention courses: SASA! partners participate in up to four SASA! courses over three years. These courses are sequential and prepare participants for implementing each phase of the SASA! approach. Quality VAW Prevention courses provide versatile learning on the foundations of quality VAW prevention. Courses are not sequential, so organizations can register for whichever suit their needs. For information on courses offered in 2014, please visit: http://raisingvoices.org/activism/institutional/#tabs-212-0-2.

II. Sexual violence in the news

Central African Republic children forced to commit atrocities, says UN, Sydney Morning Herald, 23 January 2014<http://www.smh.com.au/world/central-african-republic-children-forced-to-commit-atrocities-says-un-20140123-hv9ji.html#ixzz2rEAEN69M>: As many as 6000 children in the Central African Republic have been recruited by armed groups and forced to commit atrocities along religious lines in a conflict that is at high risk of spiralling into genocide, UN envoys said.

Morocco: Amendment of rape provision is a step in the right direction, Amnesty International, 23 January 2014<http://www.amnesty.org/en/news/morocco-amendment-rape-provision-step-right-direction-2014-01-23>: The Moroccan Parliament's vote to amend a law so that rapists can no longer escape prosecution by marrying their victims if they are under 18 is an important step in the right direction, Amnesty International said today.

New Obama group tackles sexual violence on campus, Politico, 22 January 2014<http://www.politico.com/story/2014/01/new-obama-group-tackles-sexual-violence-on-campus-102479.html#ixzz2rDmfiD6g>: The Obama administration is beefing up a commitment to combating sexual violence on college campuses with the creation of a new task force and release of a new report<http://1.usa.gov/1c2JyGo> Wednesday from the White House Council on Women and Girls.

Treat online abuse of women and girls as robustly as offline, authorities urged, The Guardian, 19 January 2014<http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2013/dec/19/treat-online-abuse-women-girls-robustly-evaw>: Women's groups are calling on the police and prosecutors to treat abuse of women and girls online as "robustly" as they do offline, as a report published on Thursday reveals the extent of sexual harassment on social media sites such as Twitter.

III. Advocacy and awareness raising

Oxfam gender justice blog<http://blogs.oxfam.org/en/blogs/13-12-20-what-will-it-take-end-violence-against-women-and-girls>: What will it take to end violence against women and girls? Raising awareness around violence against women and girls and its detrimental impact on women's human rights is greatly needed. Justice for women remains elusive: many governments and the United Nations have repeatedly condemned violence against women in all its forms, but it continues to exist at epidemic rates<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rape_statistics>. Oxfam remains concerned about the huge gap between agreements that have been made to address this issue, and actual implementation on the ground. [Source: Zunia Update].

IV. Websites

Arrow<http://www.arrow.org.my/>: This regional non-profit women's NGO based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, works to advance women's health, affirmative sexuality and rights, and empower women through information and knowledge, engagement, advocacy and mobilisation. [Source: WUNRN].

V. Online publications/resources

The unfinished agenda: Next steps to increase access to emergency contraception. International Consortium for Emergency Contraception, 2014<http://www.cecinfo.org/custom-content/uploads/2014/01/ICEC_WEB_2014.pdf>: This brief compiles and summarizes data that ICEC and our partners have been collecting for the past several years on EC access globally, including country-level policies and practices, availability across sectors, and awareness of EC among women and providers. [Source: Family Care International].

Hombres unidos -Engaging Latino migrant men in sexual and intimate partner violence prevention. Migrant Clinicians Network, 2014<http://www.wcsap.org/engaging-latino-migrant-men-violence-prevention-webinar>: Materials for this webinar are available online. This webinar focused on the collaborative development of a primary prevention workshop for Latino migrant men, the evaluation of the workshop, and the continuing effort on engaging Latino migrant men as allies with women in sexual and intimate partner violence prevention after the five session workshop. [Source: Prevent-Connect].

National response efforts to address sexual violence and exploitation against children in Mozambique: A desktop study. Rock A. AIDSTAR-One, 2013<http://aidstarone.com/focus_areas/ovc/resources/report/mozambique_sexual_violence?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_content=PRCMOZSTUDY&utm_campaign=Afro>: This desktop study aims to glean from published and grey literature the extent of sexual violence and exploitation against children in Mozambique. The goal of this study is to better understand the government of Mozambique's national response efforts to reduce violence against children. [Source: Afro-nets].

Tackling FGM in the UK Intercollegiate recommendations for identifying, recording and reporting. RCM, RCN, RCOG, Equality Now, UNITE, 2013<http://www.rcog.org.uk/files/rcog-corp/FGM_Report%20v10%20a~final%20forwebsite.pdf>: The recommendations contained in this report from the Intercollegiate Group and its partners demonstrate solidarity to raise awareness of the need to intervene early to prevent FGM. They call for health and social care agencies, the Department for Education and the police to integrate FGM prevention into national and local strategies for safeguarding children from FGM abuse. [Source: CAADA eNews].

Legal services assessment for trafficked children. Walts K.K, Rio Reichmann L and Lee C. Center for the Human Rights of Children, Loyola University Chicago, 2013<http://www.luc.edu/media/lucedu/chrc/Legal%20Needs%20final%20updated%20w%20copyright.pdf>: This report identifies existing service providers working with both US citizen and foreign national child trafficking survivors; the legal needs of trafficked children; current legal services available to this population; gaps in those services in Cook County. [Source: My Child Welfare Librarian].

Stop violence against girls in school: Success stories. ActionAid, 2013<http://www.ungei.org/news/files/ActionAid-Stop_Violence_Against_Girls_at_school_project_in_Ghana_Kenya_and_Mozambique-success_stories-_Nov_2013.pdf>: This report documents and shares some of the key successes and examples of best practice emerging from one of the organisation's flagship multi-country girls' education initiatives - the Stop Violence Against Girls in School project - in order to share them with practitioners within the organisation and beyond. [Source: WUNRN].

Oxfam minimum standards for gender in emergencies. Oxfam, 2013<http://www.oxfam.org/sites/www.oxfam.org/files/ml-oxfam-gender-emergencies-minimum-standards-291113-en.pdf>: These standards were originally developed for Oxfam staff to ensure a consistent approach to promoting gender equality in humanitarian preparedness and response programming. They are provided here as a tool for humanitarian programme practitioners and as part of our commitment to transparency, sharing good practice and improving quality across the sector. [Source: WUNRN].

Gender statistics manual: Integrating gender perspectives into statistics. United Nations, 2013<http://unstats.un.org/unsd/genderstatmanual/Sitemap.ashx>: The purpose of this manual is to provide methodological and analytical information necessary to improve the availability, quality, and use of gender statistics in countries with less developed statistical systems. The approach and the structure of the manual are constructed around the concept of gender mainstreaming in national statistics. [Source: WUNRN].

The gendered dimensions of sex trafficking. Working Paper of the Program on Human Rights, Number 007. Rees M. Center on Democracy, Development, and The Rule of Law Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, 2012<http://iis-db.stanford.edu/pubs/23758/Rees_06_19_12.pdf>: This paper explores the gendered nature of the trafficking cycle and offers recommendations based on lessons learned during time the author has spent in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Three steps for approaching sex trafficking are outlined: first, a gendered understanding of the problem; secondly, an analysis of how gender affects institutional cultures, and finally, recognition of the agency of the women involved. [Source: WUNRN].

What works to prevent partner violence? An evidence overview. Heise L. STRIVE, 2011<http://strive.lshtm.ac.uk/resources/what-works-prevent-partner-violence-evidence-overview>: This document reviews the empirical evidence of what works in low and middle income countries to prevent violence against women by their husbands and other male partners. The purpose of the report is to help inform the future direction of DFID programming on violence against women with an eye towards maximising its impact and ensuring the best use of scarce resources. [Source: SA MRC].

Tip sheet: Reporting on sexual violence. Dart Center for Trauma and Violence, 2011<http://dartcenter.org/content/reporting-on-sexual-violence#.UuEFJRD8LIW>: Reporting on sexual violence demands special care and increased ethical sensitivity. It requires specialised interviewing skills, understanding of the law, and basic awareness about the psychological impact of trauma. This tip sheet provides guidance on reporting from preparation to writing up. [Source: WUNRN].

VI. Journal articles

Please note, to obtain a full copy of a journal article you may write to the author given as the contact person by the respective publishing house to request a copy.

When rape becomes politics: Negotiating Islamic law reform in Sudan. Tønnessen L. Women's Studies International Forum, ePub, 2014<http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0277539513002136>: This article article highlights the polarized debate on legal reform, including the major disagreements between the government and women activists on what constitutes rape. [Source: Science Direct].

Coping, emotion regulation, and self-blame as mediators of sexual abuse and psychological symptoms in adult sexual assault. Ullman S.E, Peter-Hagene L.C, Relyea M. J. Child Sex. Abuse, 23(1): 74-93, 2014<http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5B%5D=citjournalarticle_427226_24>: This study examines whether coping, emotion regulation, and self-blame mediate relationships of trauma histories with post-traumatic stress disorder and depression in adult sexual assault victims. [Source: SafetyLit].

Sexual violence experienced by male and female Chinese college students in Guangzhou. Wang C, Dong X, Yang J, Ramirez M, Chi G, Peek-Asa C, Wang S. Inj. Prev, ePub, 2014<http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5B%5D=citjournalarticle_427191_24>: This study describes the sexual violence experience of college students in Guangzhou, China, and examined the individual and family factors associated with increased sexual perpetration and victimisation. [Source: SafetyLit].

Differentiating single and multiple victim child sexual abuse cases: A research note considering social disorganization theory. Mustaine E.E, Tewksbury R, Corzine J, Huff-Corzine L. J. Child Sex. Abuse, 23(1): 38-54, 2014<http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5B%5D=citjournalarticle_427227_24>: This article describes the utility of social disorganization theory as an explanation for child sexual abuse with a focus on differentiating single and multiple victim cases. [Source: SafetyLit].

Reporting sexual harassment in the military: Associations between victims' perceptions of the reporting process and psychosocial well-being. Bell M.E, Street A.E, Stafford J. J. Trauma Dissociation, ePub, 2014<http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5B%5D=citjournalarticle_427526_37>: This article examines a sample of former military Reservists who had experienced sexual harassment during their service to examine the relationship between reporting, experiences reporting, and psychosocial well-being, as indicated by post-harassment functioning, symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) at their worst following the harassment, and current symptoms of depression. [Source: SafetyLit].

Children's exposure to intimate partner violence: Impacts and interventions. Wathen C.N, Macmillan H.L. Paediatr. Child Health; 18(8): 419-422, 2013<http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5B%5D=citjournalarticle_427584_24>: The present article provides an evidence-based overview regarding children's exposure to intimate partner violence, including epidemiology, risks, consequences, assessment and interventions to identify and prevent both initial exposure and impairment after exposure. [Source: SafetyLit].

A comparison of the types of screening tool administration methods used for the detection of intimate partner violence: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Hussain N, Sprague S, Madden K, et al. Trauma Violence Abuse, 2013<http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24343478>: This systematic review and meta-analysis aim to assess the rate of IPV disclosure in adult women (>18 years of age) with the use of three different screening tool administration methods: computer-assisted self-administered screen, self-administered written screen, and face-to-face interview screen. [Source: MedAdvocates].

VII. Events

Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) 58, 10 - 21 March 2014, New York, USA<http://www.unwomen.org/en/csw/csw58-2014>. UN Women facilitates the participation of NGOs in sessions of the CSW. NGOs that are accredited to and in good standing with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) may designate representatives to attend the annual sessions of the CSW. The number of representatives who can attend open official meetings can be contingent on the availability of space. Pre-registration for the fifty-eighth session of the Commission on the Status of Women, to be held from, will close on 27 January 2014, no extensions will be granted. [Source: Pacwin].

Training course: Harvard global clinical scholars research training program, 21 June 2014 - 6 June 2015, Boston, USA<http://hms.harvard.edu/departments/global-clinical-scholars-research-training-program>. This one-year programme of blended learning intended for clinicians and clinician-scientists who desire rigorous training in the methods and conduct of clinical research. The programme's three main goals are to build skills in clinical research, help scholars develop a global network, and provide them the knowledge to address issues critical for success in contemporary clinical research. Register<http://www.medlist.co/interspire/link.php?M=10742628&N=3584&L=3872&F=H> for an information session to learn more. Apply<http://www.medlist.co/interspire/link.php?M=10742628&N=3584&L=4558&F=H> online. Early registration ends 17 February 2014. [Source: SA MRC].

Online course: Understanding & addressing gender based violence in development contexts<http://www.kodeonline.com/GBVbrochure.pdf>
This is an eight week distance education course by Kimmage Open and Distance Education (KODE) offered to development workers and those interested in addressing GBV globally. Course participants can choose to receive the entire course content via internet down load or on CD. The course is scheduled to start three times during 2014: 15 February, 17 May and 13 September. Register online. [Source: KODE].

Online course: Child protection in development practice<http://kodeonline.com/CPbrochure.pdf>. Kimmage Open and Distance Education (KODE) is now offering this eight week distance education course comprising of two modules. The course aims to establish the necessity for all development organisations to develop and implement child protection policies, procedures and practices. The course is scheduled to start three times during 2014: 25 January, 5 April and 20 September. Register online. [Source: KODE].

Practicum on monitoring and evaluation of health communication programs: Making a case for health communication, 2 - 4 June 2014, Accra, Ghana<http://www.africomnet.org/practicum.html>. This practicum will bring together communication program implementers, researchers, donors and other stakeholders from the private and public sector to share experiences, methodologies, tools and understanding of social and behavior change communication theory, monitoring and evaluation. During the meeting, participants will explore pertinent issues such as meaningful indicators of program effectiveness, differences between monitoring and real time reporting, options for rapid turn-around evaluation methodologies, and the requirements for rigorous causal attribution. Applications close: 30 April 2014. [Source: Afro-nets].

For more events visit: http://www.svri.org/calendar.htm

VIII. Funding links / research opportunities / fellowships and scholarships

Call for papers: Intimate partner violence and mental health<http://co-action.net/news/cfp_final_ejpt_gha.pdf>. In order to promote a broad perspective on research on Intimate Partner Violence and Mental Health the editors of Global Health Action and European Journal of Psychotraumatology in a unique collaboration now invite original research papers and systematic review articles as well as short communications and debate pieces on the following topics:

*         Mental health issues related to victimization, perpetration and witnessing of intimate partner violence.

*         Intimate partner violence in under-researched populations.

*         Intersections between intimate partner violence and violence against children.

*         Intervention research to prevent or mitigate the effects of intimate partner violence, at a structural, community, relational, or individual levels , including health services.
The goal is to have the two thematic clusters ready for publication for the 16th World Congress of Psychiatry in Madrid in September 2014, where they will be promoted. Closing date: 30 April 2014. For inquiries about this call regarding Global Health Action, please contact Professor Stig Wall, Chief Editor, at stig.wall at epiph.umu.se<mailto:stig.wall at epiph.umu.se>. For inquiries about this call regarding European Journal of Psychotraumatology, please contact Professor Miranda Olff, Chief Editor, at m.olff at amc.uva.nl<mailto:m.olff at amc.uva.nl>. [Source: GWI].

Fellowship opportunity: The Family Center at Kennedy Krieger Institute<http://www.kennedykrieger.org/familycenter>. The Institute is seeking to fill a postdoctoral fellowship position for the 2014-2015 training year with a start date of September 1, 2014 (may be negotiable). The fellowship includes training in evidence-based treatments for childhood trauma with inner city youth and families in Baltimore, Maryland. The fellow will perform psychological assessments, initial evaluations, individual, group and family therapy while attending a range of seminars, clinical rounds, and individual and group supervision by licensed psychologists. Applications close: 15 February 2014. [Source: The Family Center at Kennedy Krieger Institute].

Funding opportunity: UN Trust Fund in Support of Actions to Eliminate Violence against Women<http://grants.unwomen.org/>. The Trust Fund is accepting applications for its 18th grant cycle (2013) from civil society organizations and networks. Applicants are invited to submit grant proposals for a minimum of US$50,000 up to a maximum of US$1 million for a period of two to three years. The application deadline has just been extended to 7 February 2014. [Source: Pacwin].

Funding opportunity: Funding Alert, 9(3), 2014<http://us4.forward-to-friend.com/forward/show?u=5d45d478d3ae7b3c97fc5b56f&id=93b2b7726b>. This resource reports on current government and private funding opportunities available on domestic violence, sexual violence and victim services. [Source: VAWnet].

IX. Vacancies

Programme Coordinator - Advancing gender justice in the Pacific<http://asiapacific.unwomen.org/en/about-us/jobs> / UN Women Asia Pacific / Port Vila, Vanuatu / Closing date: January 25, 2014. [Source: Pacwin].

International VAW Data Analyst<http://pacific.unfpa.org/> / UNFPA Pacific Sub-regional Office / Suva, Fiji / Closing date: January 26, 2014. [Source: Pacwin].

Project Manager/ Senior Scientist - Rape impact cohort evaluation study<http://www.mrc.ac.za/hr/job2.htm> / Gender and Health Research Unit, Medical Research Council / Durban, South Africa / Closing date: January 28, 2014. [Source: SA MRC].

Emergency WPE Coordinator<http://ch.tbe.taleo.net/CH02/ats/careers/requisition.jsp?org=IRC&cws=1&rid=10107> / International Rescue Committee / Juba, South Sudan / Closing date: March 13, 2014.

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