UN-MENAMAIS: Understanding Mechanisms, Nature, Magnitude and Impact of Sexual Violence in Belgium

The UN-MENAMAIS research aims at a better understanding of the mechanisms, nature, magnitude and impact of sexual violence in Belgium.

Sexual violence is a major public health, judicial and societal concern in Belgium. A comparative and representative study is however still lacking. UN-MENAMAIS aims to contribute to a better understanding of the mechanisms, nature, magnitude and impact of sexual violence on female, male and transgender victims, their peers, offspring, professionals and society in Belgium and to generate policy recommendations and prevention and response strategies. A consortium consisting of ICRH and IRCP at Ghent University, Université de Liège, the National Institute of Criminalistics and Criminology, Respect Seniors and the Institute of Equality of Women and Men will realize the 5 core objectives of the project:

Objective 1 Map how citizens and migrant residents in Belgium, aged 16 -100 years, with different sexual orientations, frame sexual violence.
Objective 2 Explore to what extent the research population has been subjected to sexual violence or has perpetrated sexual violence since childhood.
Objective 3  Map indicatory pathways of how this exposure impacted the lives of victims, their family and peers and professionals they contacted for assistance.
Objective 4  Evaluate the forensic sexual assault practices performed by professionals.
Objective 5 Formulate recommendations for future policies and practices and provide sensitization scripts.

A mixed methods methodology will be applied. Elements are a literature review, a representative survey on sexual violence victimization and perpetration, in-depth interviews with victims, a survey and focus groups with professionals, and a seminar with a Café Dialogue with professionals and victims to generate policy recommendations and sensitisation scripts.

The project runs between May 2017 and April 2021, and is funded by BELSPO through the Belgian Research Action through Interdisciplinary Networks (BRAIN) program.

Funding agencies

BELSPO - Belgian Research Action through Interdisciplinary Networks (BRAIN) program

Team

Ms. Lotte De Schrijver Dr. Anne Nobels Prof. dr. Ines Keygnaert

Coordinator

Prof. dr. Ines Keygnaert

Partners

Institute for International Research on Criminal Policy (UGhent- IRCP) Université de Liège National Institute of Criminalistics and Criminology Respect Seniors Institute of Equality of Women and Men

Period

May 01, 2017 - April 30, 2021

Project status

Project ongoing

Team members

Ms. Lotte De Schrijver
Ms. Ines Keygnaert
Ms. Anne Nobels

Countries

Belgium

Themes

Interpersonal violence

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