This eNewsletter features a variety of new materials exploring the unique dynamics of violence against women in rural communities. Definitions, characteristics, and statistical overviews of rural populations are provided in addition to specialized resources on developing policy and practice responses for rural victims of domestic and sexual violence. Related resources from VAWnet’s existing collection are also provided in this issue.
 
Focus on Violence Against Women in Rural Communities

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 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

The article lists 45 facts about violence against women in the U.S. and globally along with their sources. It also includes a selection of other web site links to find and verify violence against women statistics.
 
Facts about Violence: U.S. Statistics & Global

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 publication is a reference book as well as photo essay of portraits and testimonies of the sexual violence women suffer when men go to war, and is now available online to IRIN readers. The photographs are also available to download in PDF format.

This In-Depth examines the scope, nature and perpetrators of sexual violence during war. It considers how the international community is addressing sexual violence against women and girls during and after conflict. Above all, the aim of the In-Depth and book is to inform, to shock and to join the voices saying ‘Enough’! Sexual violence against women and girls does not have to be an inevitable consequence of war.

The Shame of War: Sexual Violence Against Women and Girls in Conflict

This 2-page fact sheet provides a general overview of sexual violence and provides answers to the following questions:
Why is sexual violence a public health problem?
How does sexual violence affect health?
Who is at risk for sexual violence?
How can we prevent sexual violence?
How does CDC approach sexual violence prevention?
Where can I learn more?
Understanding Sexual Violence

This study provides important information regarding the lifetime prevalence, past year prevalence, characteristics, and mental health impact of rape among adult women residing in U.S. households as well as among U.S. female college students. Recommendations for further research, policy and practice are also provided.
 
Drug-facilitated, Incapacitated, and Forcible Rape: A National Study

The guide is designed to help prosecutors, victim advocates, and policymakers understand the state of victim/witness assistance in rural communities, including staffing limitations, the roles and responsibilities of advocates, and the challenges that rural prosecutors' offices face in providing assistance to crime victims and effectively prosecuting the perpetrators of crime. It provides an overview of these challenges along with tips and strategies for overcoming them. Likewise, the guide includes promising practices with an extensive list of resources.
Rural Victim Assistance: A Victim/Witness Guide for Rural Prosecutors

The report documents sexual violence and killing of Somali civilians by Ethiopian troops, militias, and Transitional Federal Government (TFG) forces. In light of the humanitarian crisis in Somalia, the report urges the above parties to stop these human rights violations.

Routinely Targeted: Attacks on Civilians in Somalia

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