CDC Updates Sexual Violence Uniform Definitions and Recommended Data Elements
Consistent terminology and data collection is an essential component in effective sexual violence prevention work and in evaluation of our efforts. Therefore, to improve data collection, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently released Sexual Violence Surveillance: Uniform Definitions and Recommended Data Elements, Version 2.0. The updated document addresses changes that have occurred since the original document was released 12 years ago. Changes include more detail on the various definition of sexual violence and the role technology plays in sexual violence, as well as additional recommended data elements. Click here to access the new version of the document.
Ashley Maier, MSW, MPA, has worked in the movement to end gendered violence for well over a decade. She began as a volunteer at a domestic violence shelter in Illinois, served as a hospital-based advocate in St. Louis, coordinated community health/family violence training programs for pediatric residents in St. Louis and San Diego, and managed Oregon’s Rape Prevention and Education (RPE) grantees and program. Ashley is a contributing author to Lantern Book’s 2013 publication, Defiant Daughters: 21 Women on Art, Activism, Animals, and The Sexual Politics of Meat and is creator of the 2015 book, Circles of Compassion: Connecting Issues of Justice.