[Svrilist] SVRI Update: 05 06 2014

Sexual Violence Research Initiative svri at mrc.ac.za
Thu Jun 5 17:38:08 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) Call for nominations of compelling models: Learning about Infant and Toddler Early Education Services (LITES)

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) seeks information on models of infant/ toddler early care and education (ECE) services that are compelling to the field, but currently lack research examining impacts on children's outcomes. Eligible models will be profiled as part of the HHS-funded project, Learning about Infant and Toddler Early Education Services (LITES): Identifying What Works and Advancing Model Development. A separate systematic review is being conducted by LITES to identify models with rigorous research and evidence of effectiveness on children's outcomes. The project is being conducted by Mathematica Policy Research for the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, in partnership with the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, within HHS.

Submissions are due July 11, 2014, and should be e-mailed to LITESmodels at mathematica-mpr.com<mailto:LITESmodels at mathematica-mpr.com>. If you have any questions about the Call, please contact Lauren Murphy at LITESmodels at mathematica-mpr.com<mailto:LITESmodels at mathematica-mpr.com>. [Source: Child Maltreatment Researchers].

2) Survey request: Vicarious trauma toolkit

As you all well know, those who spend their working lives responding to the trauma of others run a risk of suffering vicarious trauma themselves. Northeastern University is leading an effort to create a Vicarious Trauma Toolkit, and they need your input to make sure this resource is informed by the real world experience of first responders and victim advocates. The final toolkit will be available to all via a web portal, and will include training and technical assistance resources as well. This project is funded by the Office for Victims of Crime, U.S. Department of Justice.

Please give this effort 10 to 15 minutes of your time, by visiting https://bouve.co1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_6fHjGBppgahwv5P  to take a secure survey managed by researchers at Northeastern University. Your insights will contribute greatly to this important project. If you have local networks to forward this to, that would be a great help too. [Source: Prevent-Connect].

3) Request for information: Workplace bullying: Exploring leadership styles and the nature of the job

Keiran Watson would like to ask for your assistance on her PhD project. Her research project focuses on "Workplace bullying: Exploring leadership styles and the nature of the job." The methodology that will direct her study is qualitative phenomenological with a sample population of 100 employees and organizational leaders.

She is looking for assistance with information that can help her develop or an existing questionnaire she can modify--approximately 20 questions she can use to conduct "semi-structured interviews." Any assistance will be greatly appreciated. Contact Keiran at: keir5680 at aol.com<mailto:keir5680 at aol.com>.

II. Sexual violence in the news

Spare the rod - the biology of poverty and violence, IRIN News, 30 May 2014<http://www.irinnews.org/report/100153/spare-the-rod-the-biology-of-poverty-and-violence>: Scientific advances in human biology may soon have a profound bearing on the policies that governments and organizations adopt towards young mothers, caregivers and babies in poor and stressed communities.

UN agencies welcome African-led push to end child marriage, UN News Centre, 29 May 2014<http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsId=47923#.U5CKLPmSyX8>: Two United Nations agencies today welcomed the first campaign by the African Union to end child marriage, a practice that robs over 17 million girls - 1 in 3 - across the continent of their youth.

How long can you keep a secret? For Kosovo's wartime rape victims, the answer is: Maybe forever, Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty, 29 May 2014<http://www.rferl.org/content/kosovo-wartime-rape-victims-kept-secret/25403115.html>: Jeta, a Kosovar Albanian from rural Drenica Valley, used to spend most of her days in the kitchen, sometimes baking as many as 17 loaves of bread a day to feed her husband, children, and grandchildren.

Are Nigerian women dealing a blow to Boko Haram? ISS Today, 23 May 2014<http://www.issafrica.org/iss-today/are-nigerian-women-dealing-a-blow-to-boko-haram>: When mothers cry, society answers. This powerful message was brought home by the recent social media campaign to free the Nigerian schoolgirls who were abducted by militant Islamist group, Boko Haram.

III. Advocacy and awareness raising

Global Summit: No more talking - it's time to take action on programmes in emergencies for survivors of sexual violence, Care Insights, 2 June 2014<http://insights.careinternational.org.uk/development-blog/conflict/global-summit-time-to-act-on-programmes-in-emergencies-for-survivors-of-sexual-violence>: For many of us, there's a feeling we've been here before. Hands have been banged on desks, tears have been shed, and survivors of sexual violence have spoken out. Meetings have been held, pledges and commitments have been made, communiqués and guidelines have been issued.

IV. Websites

NCTSN: Families and trauma<http://www.nctsn.org/resources/topics/families-and-trauma>: On this webpage you will find content that defines the impact of trauma from a family systems perspective and links to a wide range of resources to create family-informed responses to trauma expo-sure and intervention. [Source: NCTSN eBulletin].

V. Online publications/resources

SVRI Forum 2013: Conference report. Sexual Violence Research Initiative, 2014<http://www.svri.org/forum2013/2013ConferenceReport.pdf>: This conference report details the events and presentations of the SVRI Forum 2013: Evidence into action hosted at the Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel and Towers, Bangkok, Thailand, 14 - 17 October 2013.

Women's lives and challenges: Equality and empowerment since 2000. Head, S.K, Zweimueller S, Marchen C and Hoel E. ICF International, 2014<http://www.usaid.gov/news-information/press-releases/mar-7-2014-usaid-release-womens-lives-and-challenges-report>: This report assesses the progress made toward gender equality and women's empowerment since the MDGs were adopted in 2000. It summarizes findings from 95 surveys conducted by MEASURE DHS in 47 countries from 2000 to 2011.  [Source: PAHO/WHO].

Sex, abuse and childhood: A study about knowledge, attitudes and practices relating to child sexual abuse, including in travel and tourism, in Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand and Vietnam. Project Childhood Prevention Pillar, 2014<http://www.childsafetourism.org/limited-understanding-child-sexual-abuse-south-east-asia-puts-children-risk/>: This report presents an overview of the findings of four separate studies conducted in vulnerable communities in Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand, and Vietnam on knowledge, attitudes and practices related to child sexual abuse, including in travel and tourism. [Source: WUNRN].

Seeking accountability and demanding change: A report on women's human rights violations in Syria before and during the conflict. United Nations Committee to End All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) 58th Session, Geneva, Switzerland, 2014. MADRE, The International Women's Human Rights (IWHR) Clinic at CUNY School of Law and WILPF, 2014<http://www.madre.org/images/uploads/misc/1401805514_Seeking%20Accountability%20and%20Demanding%20Change%20-%20MADRE%20Report%20-%20Syria.pdf>: This report specifically documents violations of several rights contained in CEDAW, targeting women, girls, and children. (pdf: 952 kb). [Source: WUNRN].

Biological embedding of early childhood adversity: Toxic stress and the vicious cycle of poverty in South Africa. Morgan B. Research and Policy Brief Series 2, 2013<http://www.ilifalabantwana.co.za/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Research-Policy-Brief_Toxic-stress_18March.pdf>: This paper describes how stresses such as those described above, become embedded in the bodies, brains and minds of South African children, with dire social consequences (pdf: 508.4 kb). [Source: IRIN].

Women's and men's experience of spousal violence in two African countries: Does gender matter? DHS Analytical Studies No. 27. Kishor S and Bradley S.E.K. ICF International, 2012<http://dhsprogram.com/publications/publication-as27-analytical-studies.cfm>: To better understand the role of gender in IPV outside the developed world, this report compares the experiences of married men and married women with spousal violence, the most common form of IPV, using data from two sub-Saharan African countries, Ghana and Uganda. [Source: PAHO/WHO].

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.

The mediating role of stigmatization in the mental health of adolescent victims of sexual violence in Eastern Congo. Verelst A, De Schryver M, De Haene L, Broekaert E and Derluyn I. Child Abuse & Neglect, ePub, 2014<http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0145213414001343>: This study aims to explore the factors that explain the mental sequelae of war-related sexual violence and focuses in particular on the role of stigmatization. [Source: ScienceDirect].

Conscientious objection, barriers, and abortion in the case of rape: A study among physicians in Brazil. Diniz D, Madeiro A, Rosas C. Reproductive Health Matters, 22 (43): 141-148, 2014<http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0968808014437546>: This study aims to understand the practice and opinions about providing abortion in the case of rape among obstetricians-gynecologists (OBGYNs) in Brazil. [Source: ScienceDirect].

Cultural practices and sexual risk behaviour among adolescent orphans and non-orphans: A qualitative study on perceptions from a community in western Kenya. Juma M, Askew I, Alaii J, Bartholomew L.K, van den Borne B. BMC Public Health, 14(1): 84, 2014<http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5B%5D=citjournalarticle_428243_24>: This article explores community perceptions of cultural beliefs and practices that may increase sexual risk behaviour of adolescents, to understand more about meaning they hold within the culture and how they expose adolescent orphans and non-orphans to higher risks in a high HIV and teenage pregnancy prevalence context. [Source: SafetyLit].

Fistula and other adverse reproductive health outcomes among women victims of conflict related sexual violence: A population-based cross-sectional study. Dossa N.I, Zunzunegui M.V, Hatem M, Fraser W. Birth, 41(1): 5-13, 2014<http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5B%5D=citjournalarticle_433772_28>: This study investigates the relationship between sexual violence and several serious reproductive health conditions including fistula. [Source: SafetyLit].

Reporting sexual assault in the military: Who reports and why most servicewomen don't. Mengeling M.A, Booth B.M, Torner J.C, Sadler A.G. Am. J. Prev. Med, ePub, 2014<http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5B%5D=citjournalarticle_442501_37>: This article identifies factors associated with officially reporting SAIM by examining demographic, military, and sexual assault characteristics and survey reporting perceptions and experiences. [Source: SafetyLit].

Forensic assessment of adults reporting childhood sexualized assault: A lifespan developmental analysis. Barnes R, Josefowitz N. Psychol. Inj. Law, 7(1): 18-33, 2014<http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5B%5D=citjournalarticle_441919_24>: The present paper explains how a lifespan developmental analysis can assist such assessments. The concepts of psychological development, attachment, developmental trajectory and risk and resilience can help in evaluating whether and how CSA affected normal psychological development, in determining the influence of risk factors other than CSA and in considering resiliency factors. [Source: SafetyLit].

Adverse childhood experiences in the lives of male sex offenders: Implications for traumainformed care. Levenson J.S, Willis G.M, Prescott D.S. Sex Abuse, ePub, 2014<http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5B%5D=citjournalarticle_442846_24>: This article explores the prevalence of childhood trauma in a sample of male sexual offenders (N = 679) using the Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) scale. [Source: SafetyLit].

Treating the psychological sequelae of proactive drug-facilitated sexual assault: Knowledge building through systematic case based research. Padmanabhanunni A, Edwards D. Behav. Cognit. Psychother, 41(3): 371-375, 2013<http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5B%5D=citjournalarticle_383132_1>: This article uses systematic case based research was used to investigate the applicability of cognitive therapy for PTSD related to drug-facilitated sexual assault. [Source: SafetyLit].

VII. Events

What Works to Prevent Violence? Launch of a global programme to prevent violence against women and girls, 11 June 2014, 16.30 - 18.00, Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict, ExCel London<http://esvcsummit.com/publicprogramme/Agenda/Index?day=2>. This event will be hosted by the UK Department for International Development, the South African Medical Research Council, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the International Rescue Committee in collaboration with Womankind Worldwide. Please RSVP to Duduzile.Mditshwa at mrc.ac.za<mailto:Duduzile.Mditshwa at mrc.ac.za> by June 6th to guarantee a place. [Source: SAMRC]

Webinar: Men's Action Networks: Engaging men as allies in prevention, 12 June 2014<https://univnia.adobeconnect.com/_a834895058/namen/>. This webinar will bring together a diverse panel of national and province network organizers to explore the formation of men's action networks in the United States and Canada; examine the challenges in organizing and sustaining meaningful participation from its members; explore the various activities and initiatives utilized by men's networks to raise awareness and prevent men's violence against women; and discuss issues of accountability inherent in multi-gender partnerships. [Source: Prevent-Connect].

Webinar: Childhood traumatic experiences, the body, and the role of integrated healthcare, 18 June 2014<http://learn.nctsn.org/enrol/index.php?id=114>. In this webinar, the presenters will provide an understanding of trauma, traumatic stress and toxic stress within the context of integrated healthcare, and will specifically address the neurobiological impact of stress on early brain development, long-term health, illness, and disease. . [Source: NCTSN eBulletin].

Eradicating child sexual abuse: Operationalising a prevention framework. National Conference, 15 July 2014, London, United Kingdom<http://www.lucyfaithfull.org.uk/training.htm>. This conference brought to you by The Lucy Faithfull Foundation and Child and Family Training will explore positive protective steps and engagement required to protect children from sexual harm. Forms can be found on the Lucy Faithfull Foundation website at http://www.lucyfaithfull.org.uk/training.htm or you can email training at lucyfaithfull.org.uk<mailto:training at lucyfaithfull.org.uk>. [Source: The Lucy Faithfull Foundation].

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

VIII. Funding links / research opportunities / fellowships and scholarships

Fellowship opportunity: AVAC Advocacy Fellowship<http://www.avac.org/application-materials-advocacy-fellowship?utm_source=AVAC%20Email%20Updates&utm_campaign=2aad475232-Fellows_2015_Announcement_AN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_6fd730be57-2aad475232-130128113>. This fellowship is designed to support emerging and mid-career advocates to design and implement advocacy projects focused on biomedical HIV prevention research and implementation activities in their countries and communities. Applications close: 4 August 2014. [Source: 60percent].

IX. Vacancies

Seconded National Expert - Gender expert research<http://eige.europa.eu/content/career-opportunity/eige-2014-sne-r> / The European Institute for Gender Equality / Vilnius, Lithuania / Closing date: July 5, 2014. [Source: Women-east-west].

ANROWS is currently recruiting for the following positions<ANROWS%20is%20currently%20recruiting%20for%20the%20following%20positions:> / Sydney, Australia / Closing date: June 18, 2014:

  1.  Senior Research Officer (Research Program)
  2.  Senior Research Officer (Knowledge Translation and Exchange)
  3.  Senior Research Officer (Perpetrator Interventions)
  4.  Communications and Media Officer

[Source: Partners for Prevention].

Administrative Specialist (PT)<http://dcadv.org/sites/default/files/pdfs/Job%20Description%20-%20Administrative%20Specialist.pdf> / Delaware Coalition against Domestic Violence / Wilmington, USA / Closing date: Open until filled. [Source: Prevent-Connect].

Communications Specialist (PT)<http://dcadv.org/sites/default/files/pdfs/Job%20Description%20-%20Communications%20Specialist.pdf> / / Delaware Coalition against Domestic Violence / Wilmington, USA / Closing date: Open until filled. [Source: Prevent-Connect].

Domestic Violence Project Specialist (PT)<http://dcadv.org/sites/default/files/pdfs/Job%20Description-Domestic%20Violence%20Project%20Specialist.pdf> / / Delaware Coalition against Domestic Violence / Wilmington, USA / Closing date: Open until filled. [Source: Prevent-Connect].

Engaging Men Project Coordinator (FT)<http://dcadv.org/sites/default/files/pdfs/Job%20Description-Engaging%20Men%20Project%20Coordinator.pdf> / / Delaware Coalition against Domestic Violence / Wilmington, USA / Closing date: Open until filled. [Source: Prevent-Connect].


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