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
This report and accompanying fact sheet were developed as part of a large contract, “Evaluation Assistance for Projects Designed to Prevent First-Time Male Perpetration of Sexual Violence,” funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and conducted by RTI International (a trade name for Research Triangle Institute). The study was initiated in September 2002 to identify sexual violence prevention programs and provide evaluation technical assistance. The National Sexual Violence Resource Center can provide additional information on the programs that were highlighted.
In April 2007, WHO held an expert meeting on preventing intimate partner violence and sexual violence. WHO produced a background paper for the meeting. The paper explores what can be done to prevent violence against adolescent and adult women that occurs within intimate relationships, and sexual violence that occurs outside intimate relationships.
In a public health framework, primary prevention means reducing the number of new instances of intimate-partner violence and sexual violence by intervening before any violence occurs. Program and research in primary prevention has lagged efforts in secondary and tertiary prevention, which focus on people who are at risk or already have suffered violence. This background paper helps to close that gap and is the basis for a guideline on intimate partner and sexual violence prevention currently being prepared by WHO, CDC, and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
This guide provides information on the prevalence of sexual violence and HIV, types of available HIV testing and treatment, benefits and risks of such testing and treatment, victims’ possible fears surrounding HIV, sexual offender testing, and steps victim service professionals can take to meet the needs of sexual violence victims.
This report summarizes the sexual violence information found in the World Report on Violence and Health from the World Health Organization. It looks at prevalence and risk factors of sexual violence, as well as promising sexual prevention approaches from around the world.
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