7.9 A. Research and Evaluations


Independent Sexual Violence Advisors: a process evaluation

Robinson, A. for the Home Office (2009)

The aim of the evaluation was to assess how Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA) services have been implemented in two distinct settings: Sexual Assault Referral Centres (SARCs);1 and voluntary sector organisations2 and the perceived impact they had with regard to providing specialist support to victims of sexual violence.

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The Crisis in Rape Crisis

Women’s Resource Centre and Rape Crisis (2008)

Highlights the crisis in funding facing rape crisis centres as well as presenting the findings of service user evaluations and research respondents on how such services are improving the lives of rape survivors.

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National Service Guidelines for Developing Sexual Assault Referral Centres

Department of Health Children and Mental Health Division and Home Office Violent Crime Unit (2005)

These guidelines highlight the Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) as a model of good practice in the provision of immediate aftercare to victims of serious sexual violence. They have been produced jointly by the Home Office and Department of Health because they are relevant to the police and health services in equal measure. Partnership working between these agencies, and with the voluntary sector, is crucial in the provision of services to victims of sexual violence, and, in particular, to the success of SARCs.

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Sexual Assault Referral Centres: developing good practice and maximising potentials

Lovett, J. et al. (2004)

This report presents findings from the evaluation of a number of projects, which were funded to support victims in the aftermath of rape. It focuses on the contribution of Sexual Assault Referral Centres (SARCs), and provides a valuable insight into the type of services that are needed to support victims in the aftermath of a traumatic crime such as rape.

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Rape Law Reform in England and Wales

Westmarland, N. (2004)

Produced as part of the School for Policy Studies Working Paper Series, this paper provides details of the overhaul in sexual offences legislation in the UK.

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What works in avoiding rape/sexual assault: evidence from research and evaluation and implications for prevention campaigns and situational safety advice

Silva, C., et al (2003)

This is a briefing document for Operation Sapphire IAG and the Metropolitan Police Service.  This document offers access to research and ideas which challenge the perception that resistance is a dangerous strategy, explores studies on self-defence and offers guidelines for safety advice and prevention campaigns which may avoid some of the traps that previous police interventions have fallen into, especially where the information only targets women as potential victims, and relies entirely on suggesting that they curtail normal activities.

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A 10-Year Update of "Review and Critique of Empirical Studies of Rape Avoidance"

Ullman, S, E. (2007) [abstract]

This US review of empirical studies of rape avoidance is updated to illuminate what has been learned in the past 10 years and what is needed to continue to promote this important form of secondary prevention. Following a brief historical review, empirical studies of resistance strategies to sexual assaults since 1997 are reviewed.

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