This issue of the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (Vol. 56, No. RR-7) from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides a summary of findings from a review of evidence concerning the effectiveness of universal school-based violence prevention programs.
The Effectiveness of Universal School-Based Programs for the Prevention of Violent and Aggressive Behavior

This paper consolidates knowledge about the damaging interplay between homelessness and sexual violence. It clarifies steps researchers, policy-makers, and service providers can take to intervene with victims and prevent future sexual assaults.
 
No Safe Place: Sexual Assault in the Lives of Homeless Women

This issue of the Research and Advocacy Digest focuses on the intersection between sexual victimization and homeless youth, and provides an overview of research on this topic area.
 
Homeless, Runaway & Throwaway Youth: Sexual Victimization and the Consequences of Life on the Streets

The review examines the existing peer-reviewed scholarly and grey literature from industrialized and developing regions. Over 400 items on sexual assault, including books, journal articles, news articles, research reports, annual reports, discussion papers and monographs were examined. The review outlines the historical and contemporary medico-legal responses to sexual assault victims, broadly describing the professionals, protocols and procedures involved in the collection and processing of medico-legal evidence. Findings are presented from studies that have evaluated the legal impact of such evidence in sexual assault cases, and factors that may create barriers to its successful use in criminal justice proceedings are discussed. The review identifies salient knowledge gaps and offers research recommendations for addressing them.
The Uses And Impacts Of Medico-Legal Evidence In Sexual Assault Cases: A Global Review

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

This briefing paper reviews some of the existing literature that deals with sexual assault and service provision outside metropolitan areas and takes into account some of the issues that women and workers often need to negotiate when living in rural areas. The briefing also inclues a survey that explores some of the factors that impact service delivery.

Responding to Sexual Assault in Rural Communities

This research summary is based on a desk review on women’s responses to sexual violence and the appropriateness and effectiveness of sexual violence services in meeting their needs as survivors. The review examines the societal factors that influence rates of sexual violence, women’s immediate and long term responses to such violence, including a range of health related harms, and the interventions and treatments developed to respond to the needs of survivors of sexual violence and reduce its prevalence.

Rape: How women, the community and the health sector respond

This issue of the Research and Advocacy Digest provides an overview of some of the research that exists on the topic of prisoner rape.
Prison Rape and Sexual Coercion Behind Bars

This research summary is based on a desk review on women’s responses to sexual violence and the appropriateness and effectiveness of sexual violence services in meeting their needs as survivors. The review examines the societal factors that influence rates of sexual violence, women’s immediate and long term responses to such violence, including a range of health related harms, and the interventions and treatments developed to respond to the needs of survivors of sexual violence and reduce its prevalence.
Rape: How women, the community and the health sector respond

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