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COVID-19 and Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) Overview with the Veteran's Health Administration

Research has shown relationship conflict and/or abuse may occur and escalate during times of crisis (like the spread of the coronavirus, COVID-19). In response to COVID-19 and its impact on IPV, the VA Intimate Partner Violence Assistance Program (IPVAP) released a print material & social media campaign to address the unique circumstances faced by those who are at heightened risk due to IPV.

Housing, Homelessness, and Sexual Violence - Annotated Bibliography

This annotated bibliography highlights research articles documenting studies on the relationship between sexual violence, housing, and homelessness. The bibliography summarizes studies published between 2010 – 2020 on sexual violence experienced at different stages of the lifespan by people who have experienced homelessness or housing instability. Current research suggests that people who have experienced homelessness are at an increased risk for experiencing sexual violence, and that sexual violence is a risk factor for homelessness and housing instability. The research findings illustrate the importance of service providers understanding the connections between sexual violence and housing instability, and the importance of screening for sexual violence.

Emily Bigger Thu, 06/04/2020 - 10:55
Sexual Violence in the Military Infographic

This infographic is an updated version from it's original release in 2013. It is a visual snapshot of some of the statistics included in the NSVRC publication “Sexual Violence in the Military: A Guide for Civilian Advocates” with updated research from the U.S. Department of Defense and the Office of Inspector General.

Emily Bigger Tue, 03/24/2020 - 14:21
SART Toolkit Section 6.11

Section 6: Victim-Centered Approaches

Chad Sniffen Wed, 08/08/2018 - 10:23
Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment in the U.S. Military Highlights from the 2014 RAND Military Workplace Study

In early 2014, the Department of Defense (DoD) asked the RAND National Defense Research Institute to conduct an independent assessment of sexual assault, sexual harassment, and gender discrimination in the military. The resulting study, the RAND Military Workplace Study (RMWS), invited close to 560,000 active- and reserve-component service members to participate in a survey fielded in August and September of 2014, making it one of the largest surveys of its kind ever conducted for DoD. More than 170,000 service members completed the survey. Compared with prior DoD studies, the RMWS takes a new approach to counting individuals in the military who experienced sexual assault, sexual harassment, and gender discrimination in the past year.

The RMWS provides DoD with unprecedented detail on the frequency of criminal sexual assault against its members, the nature and context of those assaults, and how they differ for men and women in each branch of service. The study also provides new evidence on the prevalence and nature of sexual harassment and gender discrimination in the military. Detailed results, including recommendations, are documented in four comprehensive volumes (available at www.rand.org/surveys/rmws.html); some of the study's major conclusions about the experiences of DoD service members are highlighted in this brief.

Sally Laskey Fri, 05/01/2015 - 16:57
Department of Defense 2014 Report to the President of the United States on Sexual Assault Prevention and Response

This report includes information on the top indicators of progress made by the department of defense to improve sexual assault prevention and response. It includes information on efforts to engage military leaders, take the experiences of victims into account, and the rates of incidence, prevalence and reporting. 

Ali Mailen Perrotto Thu, 12/04/2014 - 13:19
Fiscal Year 2013 Department of Defense Report on Substantiated Incidents of Sexual Harassment in the Armed Forces

This is the 2013 report from the Department of Defense on the number of substantiated incidents of sexual harassment in the U.S. military. The DoD 2012 Workplace and Gender Relations Survey of Active Duty Service Members found that many service members who reported sexual assaults also reported that the perpetrators sexually harassed them before the assault.

Read the report.

Ali Mailen Perrotto Fri, 05/16/2014 - 09:37
Battle for Benefits: VA Discrimination Against Survivors of Military Sexual Trauma

This report discusses the process of obtaining VA disability benefits for the enduring mental health effects of military sexual trauma (MST) and the challenges and discrimination faced by veterans. The report was developed by the Service Women's Action Network (SWAN) and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) with assistance by the Yale Law School Veterans Legal Services Clinic.

Ali Mailen Perrotto Thu, 11/07/2013 - 13:29
The Resource Newsletter of the National Sexual Violence Resource Center: Fall/Winter 2013

The 2013 Fall & Winter edition of The Resource includes articles on sexual violence in the military, complete with an interview with Air Force Maj. Gen. Sharon K. G. Dunbar; a youth board from Detroit and what it does to connect with peers; how the profeminist men’s movement was started and what it stands for; Ohio’s push to investigate formerly untested sexual assault kits; and how ancestral teachings are used to form prevention plans in indigenous communities. See what teenagers said when asked, “What are you doing to make your world a safer place?” View the features of the recently released Hollaback! app – then, if you wish, download it free of charge. Learn about how the Ohio Alliance to End Sexual Violence reacted to headline news cases in its backyard, and see what the New Jersey Coalition Against Sexual Assault has done to incorporate prevention evaluation in its work.

mszymanski Wed, 11/06/2013 - 16:59