Services for victim/ survivors of sexual assault - Identifying needs, interventions and provision of services in Australia
Firstly, the perceived needs of victim/survivors are identified. Secondly, literature on the existing interventions that are perceived to address these needs, and data on their effectiveness are reviewed. Currently, most of these interventions are therapeutic or counselling interventions. Finally, data on the services that currently provide these interventions, with patterns of service usage, barriers to using these services, and the characteristics of these services that victim/survivors find particularly valuable are identified. The paper will end by making some recommendations for primary health care providers working with victim/survivors of sexual assault. The paper employs a gendered, health and human rights perspective and an ‘ecological framework’ to inform the overall aim of investigating current intervention programs for victim/survivors of sexual assault. A multilevel ecological perspective informed This paper begins to address this gap by providing a summary of the international and national literature that exists on sexual assault services. The paper focuses by a gender and human rights perspective is considered the most appropriate model for understanding interpersonal violence including sexual violence (Krug, Dahlberg, Mercy, Zwi, & Lozano, 2002). The ecological framework recognises the multifaceted nature of sexual violence and encourages exploration of the relationship between individual and contextual factors. Sexual violence is seen as the product of multiple levels of influence on behaviour from the level of the individual, to relationships, community and society.
Original Work Citation
Astbury, J. (2006, December). Services for victim/ survivors of sexual assault - Identifying needs, interventions and provision of services in Australia. Issues, Australian Centre for the Study of Sexual Assault, 6, 1-26
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