Research Archive

In recent years, Rape & Domestic Violence Services Australia has completed the following research initiatives:

  • Assessing and treating cognitive and mood distortions in survivors of sexual assault according to DSM 5
    Sexual violence has consistently been identified as the class of trauma most likely to result in posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The criteria for PTSD have undergone a number of changes in the most recent edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-5) (APA, 2013). One of the most notable changes is the addition of negative alterations in cognitions and mood (new criterion D). Research has indeed demonstrated that in people impacted by a variety of traumatic experiences, the prevalence of negative beliefs about the self and the world, as well as distorted blame, is associated predominantly with interpersonal trauma, female gender and the number of reported traumatic events (Cox, Resnick, & Kilpatrick, 2014). However, to date there has been no research investigating cognitive and mood symptoms associated specifically with surviving sexual violence. Therefore a research project was undertaken to investigate how cognitive and mood distortions manifest in survivors of sexual violence. The results of this project have been presented at numerous mental health conferences nationally and internationally. This project won the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation prize at the 2016 international conference in San Francisco. The poster presented at this conference is available below.

RDVSA Poster Presentation

 

  • BEST PRACTICE GUIDELINES for people who have experienced or are at risk of Forced Marriage
    These guidelines for providing counselling to people who have experienced or are at risk of forced marriage are underpinned by a feminist approach. They have been developed based on research of international best practices to assist counsellors in empowering people who have experienced or are at risk of forced marriage.

  • BEST PRACTICE GUIDELINES for people who have experienced or are at risk of Female Genital Mutilation

    These guidelines for providing counselling to people who have experienced or are at risk of female genital mutilation (FGM) are underpinned by a feminist approach. They have been developed based on research of international best practices. 

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