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Preventing Sexual Harm in Nightlife Settings: A Scoping Review

Button, K, Taylor, N, Guala, T, De Andrade, D, Coomber, K, Quigg, Z and Miller, P (2024) Preventing Sexual Harm in Nightlife Settings: A Scoping Review. Archives of Sexual Behavior. ISSN 0004-0002

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Sexual harm within nightlife settings is a pervasive global concern; however, little is known about the nature of available interventions. The current study aims to review the literature on the nature and effectiveness of nightlife-related sexual harm interventions. A systematic literature search of six databases was conducted to identify records that were published between 1970 and June 2023 and reported approaches that aimed to reduce or prevent nightlife-related sexual harm. Records were included if they theorized, discussed, or evaluated an intervention, prevention or response strategy; however, individual safety strategies were excluded. Results were categorized according to intervention type. Thirty-five peer-reviewed journal articles and 16 gray literature records were identified. The most common nightlife-related sexual harm intervention strategies covered by the literature included targeted policies, laws, and regulations, bystander interventions, and awareness-raising campaigns. Literature in the area is increasing, with the majority of the articles (77.1%) being published in the previous six years; however, there are very few interventions that have been critically evaluated (22.9%). Promising areas for intervention include targeted alcohol regulations (e.g., lockout policies), venue-level policies, and environmental interventions. However, an increase in rigorous evaluative practices is urgently required to ensure future interventions are based on sound theoretical work and empirical evidence.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Alcohol; Bystander interventions; Nightlife; Prevention; Sexual harm; 1117 Public Health and Health Services; 1699 Other Studies in Human Society; 1701 Psychology; Clinical Psychology
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Divisions: Nursing & Allied Health
Public Health Institute
Publisher: Springer
SWORD Depositor: A Symplectic
Date Deposited: 05 Jun 2024 09:33
Last Modified: 05 Jun 2024 09:33
DOI or ID number: 10.1007/s10508-024-02872-y
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/23421
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