Columbia International Affairs Online: Working Papers

The Sexual Violence Research Initiative


Sexual violence is a violation of human rights and a serious public health problem. It has a profound impact on physical and mental health, both immediately and many years after the assault. To date, sexual violence has received insufficient attention from researchers, policy-makers and programme designers and it has been a long struggle to have it recognised as a legitimate public health issue. The SVRI is an important contribution to eliminating sexual violence by simultaneously addressing the lack of research on the different aspects of sexual violence as well as drawing attention of a wide range of people including policy makers and the media, to this important public health issue.

Additional Materials from The Sexual Violence Research Initiative: Policy Briefs

Working Papers

Title: A research agenda for sexual violence in humanitarian, conflict and post-conflict settings
Authors: E Rowley, C Garcia-Moreno, E Dartnall
Date: January 2012

Title: Parenting and the prevention of child maltreatment in low- and middle-income countries
Authors: Wendy Knerr, Frances Gardner, Lucie Cluver
Date: December 2011

Title: Global Review of National Prevention Policies
Authors: Lizle Loots, Liz Dartnall, Rachel Jewkes
Date: December 2011

Title: Sexual Violence Research Initiative: Report of Evaluation Findings
Authors: Stephanie M. Townsend
Date: August 2010

Title: Sexual Violence in Latin America and the Caribbean: A Desk Review
Authors: Juan Manuel Contreras, Sarah Bott, Elizabeth Dartnall, Alessandra Guedes
Date: March 2010

Title: Sexual Violence against Women and Children in China
Authors: Ko Ling Chan
Date: January 2007