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See also: basic informative websites on sexual assault.

For basic research information see RAINN and aardvarc.

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World Criminal Justice Library Network from Rutgers


A site dedicated To developing specific ways of sharing services and criminal justice information on a global scale. The World Criminal Justice Library Network was formed at a meeting of librarians and criminal justice information specialists in April, 1991, at the Rutgers School of Criminal Justice. There is also a discussion list.


National Archive of Criminal Justice Data from UM


The National Archive of Criminal Justice Data (NACJD) preserves and distributes computerized crime and justice data from Federal agencies, state agencies, and investigator initiated research projects to users for secondary statistical analysis. Search terms: victimization, National Crime Victimization Survey. This site has some very interesting information and articles.


National Criminal Justice Reference Service

from NCJRS

Find documents on Improving the Community Response to Sexual Assault Victims at the website for the National Criminal Justice Reference Service website. Among them: Looking Back -- Moving Forward: A Guidebook for Communities Responding to Sexual Assault analyzes the progress of the past two decades in the response to sexual assault cases by law enforcement agents, prosecutors and emergency medical care providers. Looking Back also speaks to the development of rape crisis centers and other victim services that concentrate on meeting the needs of the victim.


Office for Victims of Crime criminal justice library from USDOJ


The Office for Victims of Crime Resource Center (OVCRC) is your information clearinghouse for emerging victim issues. This site has a database of abstracts as well as victim services directory.


National Sexual Violence Resource Center library database from NSVRC

This library database contains the library collections of both the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) and the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape (PCAR).


Violence Against Women Online Resources


This site provides law, criminal justice, advocacy, and social service professionals with up-to-date information on interventions to stop violence against women.


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Articles, Documents and Their Sources from Victim Assistance Online from VAO


Victim Assistance Online is an information, research and networking resource for victim assistance specialists, professionals in related disciplines and all interested in the field of victimology.


Violence against women publications from NIJ programs


Research reports on violence against women from the National Institute of Justice.


Violence Against Women Resource Guide from UM


This Violence Against Women (VAW) Resource Guide was designed by the National Archive of Criminal Justice Data (NACJD) staff to provide easy access to data collections on the topic of violence against women, such as Quick Links to certain types of VAW studies and links to studies available for online data analysis.


Minnesota Center Against Violence and Abuse (MINCAVA) Research from MINCAVA


The mission of the Minnesota Center Against Violence and Abuse (MINCAVA) is to support research, education, and access to violence related resources.


National Online Resource Center on Violence Against Women


The mission of the Violence Against Women Network (VAWnet), the National Online Resource Center on Violence Against Women, is to harness and use electronic communication technology to end violence against women.


LaFASA's Resource Library.


A large collection of books, articles, and information packets available to assist survivors of sexual assault and providers of services. Resources include: LAFASA Publications, American Prosecutors Research Institute, Related Links, Law & Legislature, Webliographies, Current Events,Databases and Collections of Articles.


CAVNET International Resources


Community resources- international and by state in the US.


Online Library of books from the Alliance Library from NYC


The Alliance Library is the newly established library of the NYC Alliance Against Sexual Assault. The library, although small, is growing rapidly: its holdings include books, curricula, training manuals, research guides, journals, reports, and videotapes. This is a very comprehensive listing of books on sexual assault listed by title and author (rather than subject) with links to online purchasing from amazon.com.


American Bar Association legal research page from ABA


Lawlink provides quick access to important legal information from the American Bar Association and other resources. Each site is selected and evaluated by a member of the ABA's Legal Technology Resource Center staff.


A directory of online libraries concerning sexual assault from NSVRC



Research Gateways from stop violence against women


Links to sites containing articles, studies, brochures and research on women, domestic violence, sexual assault and sexual harrasment. International in scope.


Sidran Catalog by Subject from Sidran


Books, videos and cassettes on psychology and understanding trauma.

Questia online library search on "rape"


Government databases available on the web from SM


A selected number of U.S. and Texas government databases that are available on the Web. The only databases included are those which are considered substantial research sources; almost all have some kind of search capability unless otherwise noted. See "social scientific fields" for criminal justice information or "health".


Gender based violence from the WHO



Sexual Assault from the World Health Organization



This is a very comprehensive global overview of the problem of rape, sexual assault and domestic violence around the world. It has risk factors, statistics and recommendations for treatment.


The Sexual Violence Research Initiative from the Who



Research resources from the Who


Gender-based violence, or violence against women (VAW), is a major public health and human rights problem throughout the world.


Supreme Court decisions 1990 - present, from LLI from Cornell


Under archive of decisions select "by topic" 1990- present. Click the criminal law link and then add the search term "sexual assault" in the text box.


Institute for Women's Policy Research


The status of women in the USA


Full text articles on sexual assault research from VAO



Institute on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault from UT


Scroll down to see the Sexual Assault Bibliography. The mission of the Institute on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (IDVSA) is to advance the knowledge base related to domestic violence and sexual assault in an effort to end violence.


The Research Collection of Australia from AIFS


The Research Collection contains selected references and online documents published predominantly within the last five years on key topics within sexual assault research fields, including journal articles, reports and conference presentations from Australian and selected international sources.


Sexual Assault Report by subscription from CRI


Sexual Assault Report brings together ideas from experts in criminal and civil law, nursing and emergency medicine, law, nursing and emergency medicine, law enforcement, counseling and social services.


GRHF Harvard Research Library: Reproductive Rights: Sexual Assault and Harassment from Harvard



The Global Reproductive Health Forum @ Harvard (GRHF) is an internet networking project that aims to encourage the proliferation of critical discussions about reproductive health and gender on the net.


Criminal justice responses to sexual assault The Research Collection of Australia from AIC


This project involves the collection and analysis of information on the underreporting and 'hidden' recording of sexual assault within national and cross-national perspectives; promotion and implementation of research on sexual assault against women; and the identification of the rate of recidivism amongst sexual assault offenders and their key characteristics. The project is funded by the Office for Women (previously the Office of the Status of Women).


Try an Open WorldCat search from OCLC


Open WorldCat helps people outside the library environment find library-owned materials


Domestic Violence Project


A very comprehensive directory of information about violence against women. Information includes diversity and minority groups.


Partnerships Against Violence Network virtual library


"Partnerships Against Violence Network is a "virtual library" of information about violence and youth-at-risk, representing data from seven different Federal agencies."


Questia online library Rape Research books, journal articles and magazine articles



Current events found here.

Amnesty International information on violence against women


News, reports and urgent actions.

RAINN current events


Rape crisis news and current events




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Search terms: rape crisis

Related links: Victim blame


Macdonalds, J. (2004). World Book Encyclopedia. United States of America: World Book Inc.

rape. (2006). Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved May 2, 2006, from Encyclopædia Britannica Premium Service. http://www.britannica.com/eb/article?tocId=9376486

Smith, M. D. (2004). Encyclopedia of Rape. USA: Greenwood Press.

Sedney, M., "rape (crime)." Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia. Scholastic Library Publishing, 2006 <http://gme.grolier.com> (February 1, 2006).



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