An evaluation guide from the CDC explains the continuum of evaluating the effectiveness of prevention programs, policies and practices.  Advocates, researchers and policy-makers can use the information in this guide to determine if they are achieving outcomes and making the intended changes.

This resource from the University of Kentucky Center for Research on Violence Against Women offers tips to help advocates and practitioners utilize the information found in articles from scientific journals. The document describes the key sections of a typical journal article and also provides a listing of select journals relevant to violence against women research.Understanding Scientific Journal Articles

The Research & Advocacy Digest is a publication of the Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs. It was originally conceived as a tool to help sexual assault advocates stay informed about new developments and recent research related to the work of sexual assault victim advocacy. This issue focuses on the public health approach to sexual violence.
Understanding Sexual Violence Using a Public Health Model

The purpose of this brief is to provide a broad overview of current research, professional literature, and practice trends relative to treatment for sexually abusive individuals.
Understanding Treatment for Adults and Juveniles Who Have Committed Sex Offenses

Stop Street Harassment released this national report discussing research into the prevalence and experience of street harassment by both women and men. The majority of women experience street harassment. Many men who experience street harassment in the form of homophobic or transphobic slurs.

Access the Full Report, Executive Summary, and Press Release.

The collection features topically organized research materials on issues related to sexual violence.
VAWnet: Sexual Violence Research Topics

The cost of crime to victims is an estimated $450 billion a year when factors such as medical costs, lost earnings, pain suffering, and lost quality of life are considered. Rape is the most costly to its victims, totaling $127 billion a year. The average rape or attempted rape costs $5,100 in tangible, out-of-pocket expenses. Medical and mental health care to victims represents the bulk of expenses. Adding to the impact a rape has on the victim's quality of life, the average rape costs $87,000 annually.
Victim Costs and Consequences: A New Look

This VAWnet Applied Research paper provides an overview of some of the basic issues and questions that confront religiously identified women who have experienced abuse. The document focuses on three of the major religions in the U.S.: Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. It outlines strategies for clergy and secular domestic violence advocates to reach out to one another in order to find and develop the resources needed to help domestic violence victims.
Violence Against Women and the Role of Religion

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