The YRBSS was developed in 1990 to monitor priority health risk behaviors that contribute markedly to the leading causes of death, disability, and social problems among youth and adults in the United States. These behaviors, often established during childhood and early adolescence, include: Tobacco use, Unhealthy dietary behaviors, Inadequate physical activity, Alcohol and other drug use, Sexual behaviors that contribute to unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV infection, Behaviors that contribute to unintentional injuries and violence.
The Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System 2005

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

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 following Guidelines were developed as a resource for caregivers in childcare centers and preschools who are challenged with the many complicated issues concerning early childhood sexuality. Administrators will also find these guidelines useful in developing policies concerning sexual issues within the preschool setting. The Guidelines reflect a comprehensive approach to sexuality education and are organized into six key concepts, which are: human development; relationships; personal skills; behaviors; health; and society and culture. Each key concept includes specific related topics and age-appropriate developmental messages.

Right from the Start: Guidelines for Sexuality Issues, Birth to Five Years

 

This document was created to assist organizations in their collaboration with researchers or local universities. The document will help organizations evaluate research proposals when asked to participate in or support a specific project.

Research Proposal Application and Evaluation Forms

This guide is for everyone involved in bringing up children. It explains that some children do sexually abuse other children, describes how we can recognize the warning signs, and outlines some actions we adults can take to prevent sexual abuse. Discusses what may be age-appropriate or developmentally-expected sexual behavior. It also talks about some of the things that adults can do to help prevent sexually harmful behavior between children.
 
Do Children Sexually Abuse Other Children? Preventing Sexual Abuse Among Children and Youth

This report examines the prevalence of the sexual abuse of inmates by correctional staff and also analyzes the laws that exist to deter this type of abuse. The Office of the Inspector General reviewed reports of such abuse in federal prison, examined the current statutes in place and deficiencies that exists in those statutes, compared state and local laws on staff abuse of inmates to federal laws, and gives recommendations for changes in the current law.
 
Deterring Staff Sexual Abuse of Federal Inmates

This VAWnet resource page features a compilation of publicly-accessible online data sets on violence against women, and provides information about utilizing and/or analyzing data to enhance the work of advocates and others working to end domestic and sexual violence. Tables of national and state data sets include live links to data sets, annotations, and related information. This resource page also includes some considerations around the credibility, value and limitations of research and data collection methods, links to research reports and publications, and information for researchers including recommended definitions and data elements for research on violence against women.

 

Data Sets On and Related to Violence Against Women

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