Stopping rape: Towards a comprehensive policy

Stopping rape - Towards a comprehensive policyI’m so pleased that this book, ‘Stopping rape: Towards a comprehensive policy’, is now published (as of 22nd July 2015). The book is the product of a collegial collaboration, led by Sylvia Walby, of twelve scholars from around the world, each with our own unique sphere of expertise in the field of gender-based violence research and practice. The book bridges the gap between theory and practice to stop rape and was written for students, practitioners, policy makers, and researchers. The book’s interdisciplinarity means that interconnections between different systems and different levels of systems that contribute to the causes of gender-based violence are made visible along with examples of the ways that different co-ordinated, multi-system and inter-agency policies and practices work to stop rape.

This is information from Policy Press about the book: “The need to stop rape is pressing and, since it is the outcome of a wide range of practices and institutions in society, so too must the policies be to stop it This important book offers a comprehensive guide to the international policies developed to stop rape, together with case study examples on how they work. The book engages with the law and criminal justice system, health services, specialised services for victim-survivors, educational and cultural interventions, as well as how they can best be coordinated. It is informed by theory and evidence drawn from scholarship and practice from around the world. The book will be of interest to a global readership of students, practitioners and policy makers as well as anyone who wants to know how rape can be stopped.”


Estimating the costs of gender-based violence in the European Union

Estimating the costs of gender-based violence in the European UnionWritten by Professor Sylvia Walby and Dr Philippa Olive for the European Institute of Gender Equality (EIGE), this report provides an analysis of methodological options for estimating the costs of gender-based and intimate partner violence. From a review of literatures and previous studies it provides recommendations on methodological options available. This report includes a case study on the cost of gender-based and intimate partner violence in the UK during 2012 and produces a calculation of the costs in the EU. The report concludes that gender-based and in­timate partner violence place large costs on economy and society and that it is likely that an increase in the currently small amount spent on prevention and mitigation of harms, by increasing spending on specialised services, would lead to a decrease in the extent and impact of the violence.

The full report is available here

A report on best practices for rape prevention and for assisting women victims of rape

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Abstract: The study provides an overview of the worldwide best practices for rape prevention and for assisting women victims of rape. It reviews the international literature and offers selected examples of promising practices. It addresses the comprehensive range of policies in the fields of gender equality; law and justice; economy, development and social inclusion; culture, education and media; and health. It presents a wide-ranging set of examples of best practice. It concludes with a series of recommendations, based on the social scientific evidence presented in the study.

Walby, S., Olive, P., Towers, J., Francis, B., Strid, S., Krizsán, A., Lombardo, E., May-Chahal, C., Frazway, S., Sugarman, D., Agarwal, B. (2013) Overview of the Worldwide Best Practices for Rape Prevention and for Assisting Women Victims of Rape’, Brussels: Report for European Parliament.

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