HIV Programs for Sex Workers: Lessons & Challenges for Developing & Delivering Programs

PLOS Medicine, Published: June 16, 2015

There is evidence that HIV prevention programs for sex workers, especially female sex workers, are cost-effective in several contexts, including many western countries, Thailand, India, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, and Zimbabwe.


“Studies of sources of new infections and HIV transmission dynamics suggest that sex work contributes only a small fraction of new HIV infections, and investment in HIV programs must reflect these wide epidemic gradations”

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Online harassment is a form of violence

The Conversation, 8 April 2015, 6.16am AEST

Relatively little attention has been paid to what we call “technology violence” and the extent to which new communication and surveillance technologies are increasingly misused to stalk, intimidate, harass, humiliate and coerce intimate partners, particularly girls and women.

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A type of sexual violence which is often overlooked: acquaintance rape

1 April 2015, 3.15pm AEDT

Australia is at a critical juncture in terms of increasing awareness and understanding of men’s violence against women. But one important type of sexual violence is often overlooked: acquaintance rape. It’s the most common form of sexual violence and is primarily gender-based.

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Former Family Violence Perpetrators’ Narratives of Change (Report)

The Glenn Inquiry, New Zealand, November 2014

The voices of perpetrators have largely been absent from research into family violence. In response, the Glenn Inquiry sought to gather the voices and experiences of former family violence perpetrators to better understand what motivates positive change, and what can sustain this change, to ensure that family violence perpetrator interventions are successful in supporting perpetrators to refrain from engaging in family violence.

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Association Between Pornography Use and Sexual Risk Behaviors in Adult Consumers

Association Between Pornography Use and Sexual Risk Behaviors in Adult Consumers: A Systematic Review

Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, doi:10.1089/cyber.2014.0343.


The purpose of this review was to determine whether an association exists between sexual risk behaviors and pornography consumption. Consumption of pornography is common, yet research examining its link with sexual risk behaviors is in its infancy. Indicators of sexual risk behavior, including unsafe sex practices and a higher number of sexual partners, have been linked to poor health outcomes. A systematic literature search was performed using Medline, PsycINFO, Web of Knowledge, Pubmed, and CINAHL. Studies were included if they assessed the association between pornography use and indicators of sexual risk behaviors in an adult population. A total of 17 were included in the review, and all were assessed for research standards using the Quality Index Scale. For both Internet pornography and general pornography, links with greater unsafe sex practices and number of sexual partners were identified. Limitations of the literature, including low external validity and poor study design, restrict the generalizability of the findings. Accordingly, replication and more rigorous methods are recommended for future research.

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… Domestic violence perpetrator programs do change lives.

Leopards can’t change their spots, but domestic violence perpetrator programs do change lives

The Conversation, 14 January 2015, 1.29am AEDT

Our previous research has shown us that if we really want to end domestic violence, working with women and children just isn’t enough. It is absolutely essential that something happens to the men.

The problem is, we have surprisingly little knowledge at the moment about what that “something” looks like or who it might work for.

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    research here (PDF)