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

This report discusses the value and benefits of rethinking violence prevention.  It suggests an approach that identifies and deconstructs root causes of violence.  Of particular interest in this report is the discussion of the predictability of violence on a community or population wide level.

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This discussion paper explores the use of evidence-based prevention programs and issues with research-translation in these programs. The goal is to create effective community-based programs that can be expanded to use within other communities.

The goals of the report are to raise awareness about the problem of violence globally, to make the case that violence is preventable, and to highlight the crucial role that public health has to play in addressing its causes and consequences. Chapter Six focuses on sexual violence. Other chapters address youth violence, child abuse and neglect, intimate partner violence, elder abuse and collective violence. The full report is available in English, French and Russian.
World Health Report on Violence and Health

This Applied Research Paper outlines the importance and value of engaging in sexual violence prevention work with youth. The paper discusses prevalence of sexual violence among youth populations, recent trends in prevention activities for youth, and a review of common strategies and challenges for engaging in this work. Feedback on the effectiveness and current evaluation efforts for the various approaches is offered. It's available in PDF or online.

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