VAWnet’s Applied Research Project brings together domestic and sexual violence researchers and practitioners who support the production of high-quality, peer reviewed Applied Research papers designed to synthesize and interpret current research on violence against women, offering a review of the literature and implications for practice.
Each of the 10-12 page papers listed in the tabs below are designed to be used for a variety of purposes: training and education, influencing public policy, systems advocacy, staff and professional development, grant writing, and program development.
This Applied Research paper reviews both international and U.S.-based policy efforts to promote sexual abuse prevention and offers considerations for policy development in communities and organizations.
Authors: Carol Plummer in consultation with Alisa Klein
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.
Authors: Patricia Cook-Craig in consultation with Mitru Ciarlante
This Applied Research paper reviews the empirical research on the behaviors, traits, developmental experiences, and biological antecedents that have been found to be associated with an increased probability that a male will become sexually aggressive.
Authors: Raymond A. Knight and Judith Sims-Knight with contributions from Suzanne Brown-McBride
This Applied Research paper adopts a holistic approach to understand battered women’s protective strategies, reviewing a wide range of strategies used by women to cope with numerous threats posed by battering, not just the threat of bodily harm.
Authors: Sherry Hamby With contributions from Andrea Bible
This Applied Research document provides an overview of the research on community mobilization to prevent domestic violence, explores guiding concepts and frameworks, and discusses the challenges of implementing community mobilization strategies.
Authors: Melanie Shepard With contributions from Deborah Zelli
This Applied Research paper provides information on core concepts relevant to media campaign evaluation strategies and showcases several sexual violence prevention campaigns that have completed evaluations at various stages of the implementation process.
Authors: Sharyn J. Potter With contributions from Brad Perry
This document provides an introduction to basic prevention concepts by exploring the public health approach, two classification systems, a planning tool used to develop more comprehensive initiatives, and the importance of understanding terminology.
Authors: Linda Chamberlain With contributions from Julie Ann Rivers-Cochran
This document provides a brief overview of the research on lifetime exposure to violence and the long-term health consequences of violence. It also examines how assessment for lifetime exposure to violence can create a pathway to prevention.
Authors: Linda Chamberlain with contributions from Peggy Brown
Provides a critical review of the dating violence literature with respect to potential risk factors for both perpetrators and victims and examines the empirical research regarding the effectiveness of prevention and intervention programs targeting teens.
Authors: Maura O'Keefe With contributions from Leah Aldridge
This document provides an overview of current efforts involving men in the prevention of violence against women. This document discusses men role in prevention, what is effective, and cultural issues and considerations in working with men.
Authors: Alan Berkowitz With contributions from David Mathews
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