Handbook on Sexual Violence
This book contextualizes the complexity of sexual violence within its broader context - from war to the resolution of interpersonal disputes - and covers a wide span including sexual harassment, bullying, rape and murder as well as domestic violence. Written by leading academics from a variety of disciplines, contributions also include commentaries that relate the research to the work of practitioners.
Despite advances made in the investigation of sexual offences, evidence still points to a continued belief in the culpability of victims in their own victimization and a gap between the estimated incidence of sexual violence and the conviction of perpetrators. Adopting an implicitly and explicitly critical stance to contemporary policy responses that continue to fail in addressing this problem, this book focuses on attitudes and behaviour towards sexual violence from the point of view of the individual experiencing the violence - perpetrator and victim - and situates them within a broader societal frame. It is through an understanding of social processes and psychological mechanisms that underpin sexual violence that violence can be combated and harm reduced, and at this individual level that evidence-based interventions can be designed to change policy and practice.
This will be a key text for students and academics studying sexual violence and an essential reference tool for professionals working in the field including police officers, probation staff, lawyers and judges.
The Crisis in Rape Crisis Report
Launched on Tuesday 18th March 2008, a report called The Crisis in Rape Crisis found that Rape Crisis centres are spectacularly under-funded. This report is still being used to inform the National Rape Crisis campaign.
Rape Crisis: Responding to Sexual Violence
Must read book by Helen Jones and Kate Cook (all proceeds to Rape Crisis England and Wales). Adapted from the Preface by Dr Nicole Westmarland, former Chair of Rape Crisis (England and Wales).
Rape crisis centres have provided the most effective and valued source of support for survivors of rape in Britain ever since the centres were developed as part of the women's movement of the 1970s. You can order this book online via either www.russellhouse.co.uk
The New Statesman believes this is a failure of successive governments and is running campaign for proper funding for this vital service. For more information please visit: www.newstatesman.com/subjects/sexual-violence-and-rape-crisis