This document discusses the impact of the criminal justice system on violence against women and acts as a starting point for discussing and advancing new violence prevention strategies.

Safety & Justice for All: Examining the Relationship Between the Women's Anti-violence Movement and the Criminal Legal System

The Philadelphia District Attorney released the report of the three year grand jury investigation of the clergy sexual abuse scandal in the Philadelphia archdiocese. The report gives a detailed analysis of how the Philadelphia archdiocese covered up sexual abuse by priests, and then moved the priests to knowingly allow them to continue to sexually abuse children, while protecting the church from scandal and lawsuits. Although the grand jury was unable to bring any formal charges against any priest or the archdiocese, they recommended eliminating the statute of limitations for childhood sexual abuse. They also recommend other changes in the law to allow for easier prosecution of church bodies in the future.
Grand Jury Report: Philadelphia Archdiocese Clergy Sexual Abuse Scandal

This NIJ Research Report presents findings on the prevalence and incidence of rape, physical assault, and stalking; the rate of injury among rape and physical assault victims; and injured victims' use of medical devices. It includes data on same sex and opposite sex sexual violence. Findings in this report, which are based on the National Violence Against Women Survey, show that violence is more widespread and injurious to women's and men's health than previously thought.
 
Full Report of the Prevalence, Incidence and Consequences of Violence Against Women: Findings From the National Violence Against Women Survey

This report examines findings from 14 focus groups that were conducted to obtain feedback from victim advocates and practitioners concerning how researchers, practitioners and advocates can work together more effectively to conduct research on violence against women.
Fostering Collaborations to Prevent Violence Against Women: Integrating Findings From Practitioner Researcher Focus Groups

The Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) hosted a focus group in Green Bay, Wisconsin to discuss challenges to, and opportunities for, collaboration between states and tribes in Public Law 280 jurisdictions to address sexual assault in Indian country. The Tribal Law and Policy Institute (TLPI) provided technical assistance and collaborated with OVW on the design and delivery of the session.
 
Focus Group on Public Law 280 and the Sexual Assault of Native Women

This Human Rights Watch report discusses sexual violence against women and girls in Sudan’s Darfur region. The report discusses the history of the Darfur conflict, failed attempts to reduce sexual violence in Darfur, and barriers that victims encounter.
 
Five Years On: No Justice for Sexual Violence in Darfur

This study identified the characteristics of sexual assault victimizations in Alaska, as recorded by sexual assault nurse examiners (SANEs) in eight cities, with attention to the key factors that impacted victims' genital injury and case legal resolutions.
 
Final Report: Alaska Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Study

This report seeks to provide more in-depth information about the physical, social, and psychological consequences of rape victimization by further investigating the findings from the National Violence Against Women Survey on this issue.
 
Extent, Nature, and Consequences of Rape Victimization: Findings from the National Violence Against Women Survey

This NIJ Research Report presents findings from a survey of 8,000 U.S. women and 8,000 U.S. men about their experiences as victims of intimate partner violence (rape, physical assault, and stalking). It includes information on same sex and opposite sex violence. Respondents were asked detailed questions about the characteristics and consequences of their victimization during their lifetime and the past 12 months, including the rate of injury among rape and physical assault victims, their use of medical services, and their involvement with the criminal justice system.
 
Extent, Nature and Consequences of Intimate Partner Violence

This research paper provides information on behavioral and physical findings consistent with child sexual abuse.
 
Evaluating the Child for Sexual Abuse

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