Resources Library: Healthcare System & Response

Key findings from “Sexual Violence Victimization and Associations with Health in a Community Sample of African American Women”

Added Friday, June 03, 2016 by Action Alliance

Victims of sexual violence can experience a range of negative health outcomes over the course of their lives. A substantive body of research finds that individuals can experience physical, mental, and behavioral health impacts well beyond the duration of the event(s). Less is known, however, about particular consequences and life contexts of Black/African American women who have been victimized. 

Basile, Smith, Fowler, Walters, and Hamburger (2016) offer a window into the lived experiences of African American women in Sexual violence victimization and associations with health in a community sample of African American women. This study is part of a larger effort to better understand the context surrounding the findings that women of color experience sexual violence at a much higher rate than White women (Breiding et al., 2014; Tjaden & Thoennes, 2006). This research translation summarizes the article’s key findings to help support sexual violence prevention and response strategies with Black and African American communities.

Level of Burden Among Women Diagnosed with Severe Mental Illness and Substance Abuse

Added Tuesday, November 12, 2013 by Virginia Department of Social Services

This journal article was provided at the workshop titled "Beyond Trauma: A Presentation of Dr. Stephanie Covington’s Trauma Theory and Beyond Trauma Women’s Groups" at the Virginia Department of Social Services Office of Family Violence Promising Practices conference on September 16, 2013. 

Level of Burden: Women with More Than One Co-Occurring Disorder

Added Tuesday, November 12, 2013 by Virginia Department of Social Services

This journal article was provided at the workshop titled "Beyond Trauma: A Presentation of Dr. Stephanie Covington’s Trauma Theory and Beyond Trauma Women’s Groups" at the Virginia Department of Social Services Office of Family Violence Promising Practices conference on September 16, 2013.

Maternal Mortality Review – Each Death Matters

Added Friday, March 20, 2015 by Action Alliance

Virginia’s multidisciplinary Maternal Mortality Review Team reviewed nearly 400 cases of pregnancy-associated death occurring between 1999 and 2007.  This brief article was published by the National Women's Health Network and authored by Victoria M. Kavanaugh, RN, PhD, Maternal Mortality Review Team Coordinator with the Virginia Department of Health, Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.  In the article, Dr. Kavanaugh summaries Virginia data and emphasizes the need for maternal mortality reviews as a means to develop recommendations for interventions and prevention strategies to prevent future deaths. These recommendations apply to a wide array of fields, including prenatal health care, social work, psychiatry, emergency care, dietary services, health care, and advocacy.

Principales hallazgos de estudio “La victimización mediante violencia sexual y sus asociaciones con la salud en una muestra comunitaria de mujeres hispanas”

Added Friday, June 03, 2016 by Action Alliance

Esta traducción resume los principales hallazgos del estudio “La victimización de Violencia Sexual y de las asociaciones de la salud en una muestra de la comunidad de las mujeres hispanas,” realizado por K. C. Basile, S.G. Smith, M.L. Walters, D.N. Fowler, K. Hawk y M.E. Hamburger. Los hallazgos del estudio se basan en nuestra comprensión de los efectos de la violencia sexual en mujeres latinas y pueden orientar nuestras estrategias tanto de prevención de la violencia sexual como de respuesta a ésta.

En Ingles: Sexual violence can result in many health, economic, and social struggles in the lives of survivors. This resource highlights findings from a 2015 study on sexual violence against Latina women. Findings can help strengthen our prevention and response strategies with Latin@ communities.