Co-ordination Action on Human Rights Violations (CAHRV) Review

January 19, 2004


CAHRV is a three-year project conducted through a collaborative effort of research institutions, policy networks, and individual researchers, including CWASU. The project addresses human rights violations in the context of inter-personal relationships.

CAHRV aims to review and integrate research that addresses the linkages between violence and violent masculinity, on the one hand, and dominance, hierarchy, social inclusion/exclusion, on the other hand. While the project will explore men’s experiences as victims, it simultaneously will analyse how men create and reproduce hegemonic forms of masculinity and social exclusion, including racism. In recent years, racism and xenophobia have become central concerns on the agenda of the European Union, partly as a result of inward migration and the enlargement of the Union eastward.

Major goals of the project are to:

  • integrate parallel research discourses on violence;
  • unify the theoretical and empirical basis for policy;
  • stimulate new, interdisciplinary and transnational research;
  • support practitioners, policy-makers, and scientists by facilitating the dissemination of knowledge and expertise.

CAHRV is structured into four sub-networks, one for each thematic area. These four central thematic areas are:

Identifying and profiling victimisation (Sub-Network 1);

Analysing the roots of interpersonal violence (Sub-Network 2);

Intervening with gender-based human rights violations (Sub-Network 3).

Identifying protective factors (Sub-Network 4). Adopting the World Health Organisation’ s ecological model, CAHRV will review and integrate research on multiple levels of potentially protective factors, from individual characteristics, to the family micro system, social and community networks, and the wider culture. This model, though widely used as a conceptual tool, has received little empirical attention in a holistic way.

CWASU’ s Director sits on the Steering Committee of this Sub- Network. The Sub-Network’s objectives are;

1. To identify, document and map out research on countering human rights violations and developing security and protective factors in areas relevant to families, intergenerational relations, work and conflict resolution.

2. By comparative study, develop grounded hypotheses on how those who are vulnerable or victimised can be given the psychological and social resources and skills for confident and secure lives free of violence and conflict.


For further details please see the CAHRV website:

Grant Holder: University of Osnabrueck

Sponsor: European Commission

  • Project Team:
    Liz Kelly