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DAPHNE: Comparing Sexual Assault Interventions (COSAI)

The Comparing Sexual Assault Interventions project is funded by the European Union (EU) as part of the DAPHNE III Programme 2007-2013, which aims to contribute to the protection of children, young people and women against all forms of violence.

The goal of the Comparing Sexual Assault Interventions project is to improve the effectiveness, appropriateness and humanity of sexual assault services by reviewing current practice and taking on board user attitudes to interventions following sexual assault, and therefore decrease the social, mental and health harm caused to the victims of sexual assault. The project objectives are:

  1. Define the evidence base of policies and programmes for dealing with sexual assault by reviewing the international literature.
  2. Explore what models of intervention for victims of sexual assault exist in EU Member States and EFTA/EEA countries.
  3. Examine the positive and negative impacts of these models of intervention on the health, social and criminal justice outcomes of victims of sexual assault, from the point of view of the victims.
  4. Compare the acceptability, transferability, effectiveness and efficacy in achieving their outcomes, including by seeking women’s views of services provided.
  5. Develop recommendations on good practice, and tools and training materials to build capacity and promote excellence.

The project is coordinated by the National Heart Forum / Health Action Partnership International (HAPI) and is supported by a steering group of project partners including Liverpool John Moores University (UK), Victim Support (Malta), the Latvian Association of Gynaecologists and Obstetricians (Latvia), the East European Institute for Reproductive Health (Romania), the Educational Institute for Child Protection (Czech Republic), the Department of Health (England) and theEuropean Regional Office of the World Health Organization. The project has four workstreams as follows:

  • Workstream 1: Mapping the current situation
  • Workstream 2: Developing a research & evaluation tool
  • Workstream 3: Dissemination of findings
  • Workstream 4: Developing training materials and trainers


In order to support Member States and services to improve sexual assault interventions for women, the Comparing Sexual Assault Interventions (COSAI) project will produce a series of documents, including evidence, recommendations and tools aimed at a multidisciplinary audience at both the policy and practice levels.

Please click on document below to view the outcomes of the first phase of the work, which mapped existing models of interventions for sexual assault in Europe.

The second document falls under the Workstream 2: Developing a research and evaluation tool. Please click to read more about the developed Benchmark tool.

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  • Benchmark tool [pdf / 1.15MB] This benchmarking & evaluation tool has been developed based on the findings from research in the first phase of the Comparing Sexual Assault Interventions project. Namely, a literature review on models of intervention for sexual assault and existing evidence of service effectiveness; a mapping survey gathering information on current policy and programming of services for sexual assault in European countries; and telephone interviews with service providers on sexual assault service availability, effectiveness and appropriateness in different countries.

For more information

Please contact Maggie Davies - Maggie.davies@hapi.org.uk

Please visit the Comparing Sexual Assault Interventions at www.cosai.eu