[Svrilist] SVRI Update: 20 03 2014

Sexual Violence Research Initiative svri at mrc.ac.za
Thu Mar 20 17:26:41 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. What's new at the SVRI?
II. SVRI members requests
III. Sexual violence in the news
IV. Advocacy and awareness raising
V. Websites
VI. Online publications/resources
VII. Journal articles
VIII. Events
IX. Funding links / research opportunities / fellowships and scholarships
X. Vacancies


I. What's new at the SVRI?
We are delighted and very proud to welcome three new members to our SVRI Coordinating Group!

Our Coordinating Group consists of experts on sexual violence research and provides overall guidance to the Sexual Violence Research Initiative. For more information on this Group, visit our Coordinating Group and Secretariat<http://www.svri.org/group.htm> page.

II. SVRI members requests

1) Global survey on emergency contraception in crisis settings

The International Consortium for Emergency Contraception (ICEC) is undertaking a project with the Population Council, the Women's Refugee Commission and JSI to better understand access to emergency contraception in crisis settings. If you work in a crisis setting - for example, a humanitarian camp, a conflict or post-conflict zone, or a post-natural-disaster area - then they'd like to invite you to participate in a brief survey. They hope the results from the survey can better inform them of the current status of EC access in countries and programs in crisis settings.

The target audience for this survey is staff members in the field working in crisis settings or home office staff that support those programs. The survey is in English.

Please find the link to the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/XB3TTYK. ICEC would appreciate your completion of this survey if possible by March 21. [Source: ICEC].

2) Development of online tool for children and youth

The Office of the Special Representative on Violence against Children is developing a web tool for children to provide a platform for children to share and access resources for/by children about ending and preventing violence (a sort of 'clearinghouse' of resources). An online survey for children has been developed to help gain a better understanding of how children currently use and access resources and what kind of online tool could be most useful to them. The survey is available in English, French, Arabic and Spanish and should take 15-20 minutes to complete. PDF versions of the survey are also available in case this is easier for children to fill out (please return to akapell at unicef.org<mailto:akapell at unicef.org>).

English: http://www.planetyou.net/clients/srsg/srsg_childrens_survey.html
French: http://www.planetyou.net/clients/srsg/srsg_childrens_survey_French.html
Spanish: http://www.planetyou.net/clients/srsg/srsg_childrens_survey_Spanish.html
Arabic:  http://www.planetyou.net/clients/srsg/srsg_childrens_survey_Arabic.html

We would also like to invite adult partners to complete the adult survey and share their ideas about this resource: http://www.planetyou.net/clients/srsg/srsg_adult_survey.html (English only).

The closing date for the survey is 28 April 2014. Please circulate widely! [Source: SRSG eNews].

III. Sexual violence in the news

Indian women channel rape outrage into elections, Women's eNews, 20 March 2014<http://womensenews.org/story/the-world/140319/indian-women-channel-rape-outrage-elections#.UysGBfmSyX8>: For the first time, 350 women's and civil society organizations in the influential state of Tamil Nadu are uniting against national parliamentary candidates who are "gender unjust." Their coalition demands rights to land, education, livelihoods and safety.

Chronic violence against European women, Al Jazeera Opinion, 15 March 2014<http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2014/03/chronic-violence-against-europ-2014313122910652809.html>: In early March the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) published a startling new study<http://fra.europa.eu/sites/default/files/fra-2014-vaw-survey-main-results_en.pdf> about violence against women in the European Union. Results show that abuse is pandemic: 62 million women, or one in three, have suffered from violent acts since the age of 15. It is clear that European women continue to endure high levels of violence.

Teen pregnancy rising in Zimbabwe, IRIN News, 14 March 2014<http://www.ipsnews.net/2014/03/teen-pregnancy-rising-zimbabwe/>: She is only 17, but each morning is a reminder of her losses in life. As Pretty Nyathi forces herself out of bed, feeds her baby, bundles him on her back and rushes to the market to buy vegetables to sell on the streets of Bulawayo, Zimbabwe she wishes her life were different.

Egyptian Women and the Media Forum, The Egyptian Centre for Women's Rights, 9 March 2014<http://ecwronline.org/blog/2014/03/09/egyptian-women-and-the-media-forum/>: The ECWR has launched an initiative entitled 'Egyptian Women and the Media Forum' which aims to make available all information, data and statistics regarding women's issues and civil society. The initiative comes in response to observations by ECWR that journalists lack sufficient information and data concerning women's issues in Egypt.

IV. Advocacy and awareness raising

National Child Abuse Prevention Month 2014<https://www.childwelfare.gov/preventing/preventionmonth/>: National Child Abuse Prevention Month is a time to acknowledge the importance of families and communities working together to prevent child abuse and neglect, and to promote the social and emotional well-being of children and families. During the month of April and throughout the year, communities are encouraged to share child abuse and neglect prevention awareness strategies and activities and promote prevention across the country. [Source: Child Welfare Information Gateway].

V. Websites

Men as Peacemakers<http://menaspeacemakers.org/>: This organisation aims to foster and develop peacemakers through modeling, mentoring, storytelling and dialogue. The Men as Peacemakers' story enables a man to reflect his personal value for peace, share the challenges of living a nonviolent life, take responsibility for preventing violence and redefine what it is to be strong. [Source: PreventConnect].

VI. Online publications/resources

Acknowledging complexity in the impacts of sexual victimisation trauma. Liz Wall L and Quadara A. ACSSA Issues No. 14, 2014<http://www.aifs.gov.au/acssa/pubs/issue/i16/index.html>: This Issues paper aims to provide an overview of complex trauma as a concept for classifying a varying range of symptomatology that is also a pervasive driver of need for many users of human services. [Source: ACSSA Alert].

Profiling parental child sex abuse. Goodman-Delahunty J. Trends and Issues in Crime and Criminal Justice No. 465, Australian Institute of Criminology, 2014<http://www.aic.gov.au/publications/current%20series/tandi/461-480/tandi465.html>: Public policy initiatives to redress parental child sexual offenders have been hindered by the absence of an offending profile that characterises this core group of intra-familial offenders. Drawing on data from a sample of 213 offenders, this study augments knowledge about sex offender typologies by identifying ten key descriptive features of parental offenders. [Source: ACSSA Alert].

Close the gap: How to eliminate violence against women beyond 2015. Oxfam briefing note, 2014<http://www.oxfam.org/en/policy/close-gap-how-to-eliminate-violence-against-women-beyond-2015>: Oxfam is concerned that efforts to eliminate violence against women do not match the scale of the problem. The international community is failing women on this issue and will continue to fail if we do not step up our efforts. As governments, decision makers and civil society embark on a review of the Beijing Platform for Action and consider a framework to replace the Millennium Development Goals <http://www.un.org/millenniumgoals/> (MDGs), there is an opportunity to close the gap and renew our commitment to the elimination of violence against women. [Source: AWID].

Social return on investment: Summary report. Survivors Manchester, 2014<http://issuu.com/survivorsmanchester/docs/survivors_manchester_sroi_-_2014>: This analysis has been carried out to understand and measure the impact of Survivors Manchester, using the principles and methodology of Social Return on Investment (SROI). [Source: Survivors Manchester].

Protective factors approaches in child welfare. Issue briefs, Child Welfare Information Gateway, 2014<https://www.childwelfare.gov/pubs/issue_briefs/protective_factors.cfm>: This issue brief provides an overview of protective factors approaches to the prevention and treatment of child abuse and neglect. It is designed to help policymakers, administrators, child welfare and related professionals, service providers, advocates, and other interested individuals understand the concepts of risk and protective factors in families and communities and learn ways in which building protective factors can help to lessen risks for child abuse and neglect. [Source: Child Welfare Information Gateway].

Clergy as mandatory reporters of child abuse and neglect. State statutes, Child Welfare Information Gateway, 2014<https://www.childwelfare.gov/systemwide/laws_policies/statutes/clergymandated.cfm>: This factsheet discusses laws that require members of the clergy to report cases of suspected child abuse and neglect. The issue of whether a member of the clergy can claim privileged communications as a reason for not reporting also is discussed. Full-text excerpts of laws for all States and U.S. territories are included. [Source: Child Welfare Information Gateway].

Parenting a child who has experienced abuse or neglect. Factsheets for families, Child Welfare Information Gateway, 2014<https://www.childwelfare.gov/pubs/parenting_CAN.cfm>: Children who have been abused or neglected need safe and nurturing relationships that address the effects of child maltreatment. This factsheet is intended to help parents (birth, foster, and adoptive) and other caregivers better understand the challenges of caring for a child who has experienced maltreatment and learn about the resources available for support. [Source: Child Welfare Information Gateway].

Conflict related sexual and gender-based violence: An introductory overview to support prevention and response efforts. Shteir S. Australian Civil-Military Centre. Civil-Military Occasional Papers, 1/2014<http://acmc.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/Conflict-Related-Sexual-and-Gender-Based-Violence.pdf>: The aim of the paper is to improve understanding of conflict-related sexual violence. With this focus on improving understanding, the intention is to support efforts to prevent and respond to sexual violence. As part of this, the paper is also intended to support the mandate of the Australian Civil-Military Centre, to 'support the development of national civil-military capabilities to prevent, prepare for and respond more effectively to conflicts and disasters overseas'. [Source: SA MRC].

Effectiveness of a comprehensive sexual and gender-based violence prevention project for in-school girls in Swaziland. Swaziland Action Group against Abuse (SWAGAA), 2013<http://www.svri.org/Effectiveness.pdf>: This report assesses the effectiveness of implementing the GEC-Plus project on SGBV knowledge, attitudes, and practices among in-school girls. [Source: Population Council].

Bridging the data gaps for family, domestic and sexual violence, Australia. Commonwealth of Australia, 2013<http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/mf/4529.0.00.002>: The purpose of this publication is to provide an inventory of the current issues for data collection and dissemination in the field of family, domestic and sexual violence statistics. It acknowledges that for some organisations data are collected as a by-product of their day to day operations, and that this poses unique challenges for data improvement activities. It also provides practical next steps to improve the data environment. [Source: ACSSA Alert].

Alternative pre-trial and trial processes for child witnesses in New Zealand's criminal justice system. Issues paper, New Zealand Ministry of Justice, 2011<http://www.justice.govt.nz/publications/global-publications/a/alternative-pre-trial-and-trial-processes-for-child-witnesses-in-new-zealands-criminal-justice-system>: This Issues paper is a high-level document intended to provoke discussion on possible areas for improvement and identify preferred reform options.  The paper highlights concerns with the current treatment of child victims and witnesses in the criminal justice system and outlines possible options for reform. [Source: SA MRC].

Working with men and boys: Emerging strategies from across Africa to address gender-based violence and HIV/AIDS. Stern O, Peacock D and Alexander H. Sonke Gender Justice and MenEngage, 2009<http://www.engagingmen.net/resource/working-men-and-boys-emerging-strategies-across-africa-address-gender-based-violence-and-hi>: The purpose of this case study collection is to showcase some of the innovative programmes and policies taking place across the African continent, working with men and boys on issues related to gender, HIV, health, development and social justice. It presents experiences and lessons learned from a broad range of projects and strategies including community mobilisation, education programmes, advocacy using the courts, art-inspired community change, workshops, sport, and public policies. [Source: Sonke Gender Justice].

VII. 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.

Teen dating violence perpetration and relation to STI and sexual risk behaviours among adolescent males. Reed E, Miller E, Raj A, Decker M.R, Silverman J.G. Sex. Transm. Infect, ePub, 2014<http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5B%5D=citjournalarticle_431938_24>: This article investigates teen dating violence (TDV) perpetration (physical, sexual or psychological violence) and association with STI and related sexual risk behaviours among urban male adolescents. [Source: SafetyLit].

The effects of the evidence-based Safe Dates dating abuse prevention program on other youth violence outcomes. Foshee V.A, Reyes L.M, Agnew-Brune C.B, Simon T.R, Vagi K.J, Lee R.D, Suchindran C. Prev. Sci, ePub, 2014<http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5B%5D=citjournalarticle_431911_24>: This article explores whether Safe Dates, an evidence-based dating violence prevention program, was effective in preventing other forms of youth violence. [Source: SafetyLit].

The lifetime prevalence of child sexual abuse and sexual assault assessed in late adolescence. Finkelhor D, Shattuck A, Turner H.A, Hamby SL. J. Adolesc. Health, ePub, 2014<http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5B%5D=citjournalarticle_431770_24>: This article estimates the likelihood that a recent cohort of children would be exposed to sexual abuse and sexual assault by age 17 in the United States. [Source: SafetyLit].

The use of alternate light sources in the clinical evaluation of child abuse and sexual assault. Mackenzie B, Jenny C. Pediatr. Emerg. Care, 30(3): 207-210, 2014<http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5B%5D=citjournalarticle_431878_24>: This review discusses the evidence from prospective trials in children and adults on the ability of specific alternate light sources to identify evidence of physical or sexual assault and also highlights some promising new technological adjuncts to alternate light sources that may allow for accurate dating of bruising. [Source: SafetyLit].

Drug facilitated sexual assault: detection and stability of benzodiazepines in spiked drinks<http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5B%5D=citjournalarticle_431907_1> using gas chromatography-mass spectrometry. Gautam L, Sharratt S.D, Cole M.D. PLoS ONE, 9(2): e89031, 2014<http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5B%5D=citjournalarticle_431907_1>: In this article, the authors study the storage stability of the benzodiazepines under two different storage conditions, uncontrolled room temperature and refrigerator (4°C) over a 25 day period. [Source: SafetyLit].

Differences in adolescent relationship abuse perpetration and gender-inequitable attitudes by sport among male high school athletes. McCauley H.L, Jaime M.C, Tancredi D.J, Silverman J.G, Decker M.R, Austin S.B, Jones K, Miller E. J. Adolesc. Health, ePub, 2014<http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5B%5D=citjournalarticle_431768_20>: This article describes relationships among gender-inequitable attitudes, sport type, and recent adolescent relationship abuse perpetration among a sample of male athletes. [Source: SafetyLit].

VIII. Events

Invitation: Online discussion on the role of faith-based organisations in the prevention and response to sexual and intimate partner violence<http://www.svri.org/OnlineInvite.pdf> (pdf 352.46kb). We would like to invite all faiths to participate in an online discussion, on the role of FBOs in the prevention and response to sexual and intimate partner violence. We would like you to engage with us to discuss opportunities and challenges of engaging with FBOs on gender equality and violence against women, lessons learned and best practices of FBOs in the prevention and response to sexual and intimate partner violence. Please register online<http://www.svri.org/forums/> (free of charge) to participate. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any queries at: svri at mrc.ac.za<mailto:svri at mrc.ac.za>.

CREA's Sexuality, Gender, and Rights Institute: Exploring theory and practice, 21 - 29 June 2014, Istanbul, Turkey<http://www.creaworld.org/announcements/upcoming-institute>. This annual residential course focuses on a conceptual study of sexuality and its application to program interventions. The Institute examines the links between sexuality, rights, gender, and health, and their interface with socio-cultural and legal issues. Participants critically analyse policy, research, and programme interventions using a rights-based approach. [Source: AWID].

Webinar series: Evaluation findings, strategies and lessons learned, 26 March 2014<http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07e8v5rdr4d5a1eb2e&llr=pfnuq9dab>. This first webinar offers an overview of what the National Child Welfare Workforce Institute learned through their evaluation, while the subsequent three sessions highlight practical strategies and tips from our Traineeships Program, Leadership Academy for Middle Managers and Leadership Academy for Supervisors. [Source: Friendsnrc].

National Indigenous Women's Conference, 13 - 15 October 2014, Queensland, Australia<http://www.indigenousconferences.com/#!national-womens-conference-/c1q7v>. The conference is hosted by Indigenous Conference Services (Australia) with a great line up of speakers from Australia and internationally. The aim is to provide a platform for Indigenous Women to celebrate their achievements in their home, family, community and workplace. To ensure grassroots community programs are highlighted, no less than 50 percent of the conference format is dedicated to community groups. Papers are now being called for with the closing date on 31 March 2014. [Source: Indigenous Health].

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

IX. Funding links / research opportunities / fellowships and scholarships

Funding opportunity: HIV Young Leaders Fund request for proposals (Southern Africa only)<http://www.hivyoungleadersfund.org/2014/02/request-for-proposals-now-open-southern-africa-only/>. In celebration of the HIV Young Leaders Fund 4th anniversary, the new Southern Africa Small Grants Program for youth-led initiatives working to address the needs of young women living with HIV, young women affected by HIV (including young women in sex work and young women who use drugs) and young transgender people in Southern Africa will be launched. Organizations and/or projects must be based in one of the following countries: Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa or Swaziland.­ Applications close: 25 March 2014. [Source: AWID].

Call for project partners: ARROW (Small projects)<http://www.arrow.org.my/download/CALL%20FOR%20SMALL%20PROJECT%20PARTNERS%20CLIMATE%20CHANGE%20AND%20SRHR.pdf>. The Asian Pacific Resource and Research Center for Women (ARROW) is seeking project partners to collaborate on a programme aimed at addressing inter-linkages between climate change and sexual and reproductive health and rights. The overall aim is to generate a comprehensive evidence base and stakeholder collaboration on the two issues with the view to advancing these inter-linkages nationally and globally. Interested organizations from Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Maldives, Indonesia, Cambodia, Philippines and Lao PDR, are invited to submit. Applications close: 31 March 2014. (pdf 704.96kb) [Source: AWID].

X. Vacancies

Grant Writer<http://www.awid.org/Get-Involved/Jobs-Around-the-World/Grant-Writer> / WITNESS / USA / Deadline: On a rolling basis. [Source: AWID Resource-Net Jobs: Monday, 17 March 2014].

WPE Program Advisor<http://www.awid.org/Get-Involved/Jobs-Around-the-World/WPE-Program-Advisor> / IRC / Congo / Closing date: Open until filled. [Source: AWID Resource-Net Jobs: Monday, 17 March 2014].

Capacity Building Officer<http://www.awid.org/Get-Involved/Jobs-Around-the-World/Capacity-Building-Officer> / IRC / USA / Closing date: Open until filled. [Source: AWID Resource-Net Jobs: Monday, 17 March 2014].

Senior Gender Advisor (Local Governance)<http://www.awid.org/Get-Involved/Jobs-Around-the-World/Senior-Gender-Advisor-Local-Governance> / GRI / Indonesia / Closing date: Open until filled. [Source: AWID Resource-Net Jobs: Monday, 17 March 2014].

Senior Gender Advisor (Civil Society and Media)<http://www.awid.org/Get-Involved/Jobs-Around-the-World/Senior-Gender-Advisor-Civil-Society-and-Media> / GRI / Burma / Closing date: Open until filled. [Source: AWID Resource-Net Jobs: Monday, 17 March 2014].

Senior Gender Advisor<http://www.awid.org/Get-Involved/Jobs-Around-the-World/Senior-Gender-Advisor-Civil-Society-and-Media> / GRI / Liberia / Closing date: Open until filled. [Source: AWID Resource-Net Jobs: Monday, 17 March 2014].

Internships<http://www.awid.org/Get-Involved/Jobs-Around-the-World/Internships> / CGS / USA / Closing date: Open until filled. [Source: AWID Resource-Net Jobs: Monday, 17 March 2014].

Resident Senior Program Manager<http://www.awid.org/Get-Involved/Jobs-Around-the-World/Resident-Senior-Program-Manager> / NDI / Mauritania / Closing Date: Open until filled. [Source: AWID Resource-Net Jobs: Monday, 17 March 2014].

Network Coordinator<http://www.awid.org/Get-Involved/Jobs-Around-the-World/Network-Coordinator> / UN WOMEN / Bangladesh / Closing date: March 23, 2014. [Source: AWID Resource-Net Jobs: Monday, 17 March 2014].

Outreach and Capacity Building Coordinator<http://www.awid.org/Get-Involved/Jobs-Around-the-World/Outreach-and-Capacity-Building-Coordinator> / APC / Africa Closing date: March 24, 2014. [Source: AWID Resource-Net Jobs: Monday, 17 March 2014].

Gender and Local Governance Expert<http://www.awid.org/Get-Involved/Jobs-Around-the-World/Gender-and-Local-Governance-Expert> / UN Women / Liberia / Closing date: March 27, 2014. [Source: AWID Resource-Net Jobs: Monday, 17 March 2014].

Oxfam Country Director<http://www.awid.org/Get-Involved/Jobs-Around-the-World/Oxfam-Country-Director> / Oxfam / South Sudan / Closing date: April 1, 2014. [Source: AWID Resource-Net Jobs: Monday, 17 March 2014].

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