GEO-SVAC Dataset

The GEO-SVAC dataset offers a visualization of conflict events involving actors reported to have perpetrated sexual violence. GEO-SVAC is a geocoded event-based dataset where the information about sexual violence is based on the Sexual Violence in Armed Conflict Dataset (SVAC) (Cohen and Nordås 2014), covering the years 1989-2009. GEO-SVAC, focusing on state-based conflicts, uses the UCDP GED geocoded event dataset (Sundberg and Melander 2013; Croicu and Sundberg 2015) as its starting point, and extends it by providing additional variables on the use of sexual violence by the actors involved from the SVAC dataset. GEO-SVAC does not provide information about whether each individual event involved the use of sexual violence. However, GEO-SVAC can be used to visualize or analyze geographically the landscape of violent events perpetrated by governments and groups that are reported to be using sexual violence in state-based conflicts in the year of the particular event.

The Sexual Violence and Armed Conflict (SVAC) Project

The GEO-SVAC dataset was developed through the Sexual Violence and Armed Conflict project by Ragnhild Nordås, Gudrun Østby and Karim Bahgat.

When using this dataset, please cite:

Bahgat, Karim; Ragnhild Nordås, and Gudrun Østby (2016). Geocoded SVAC Dataset (GEO-SVAC) version 1.0. Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO).

The SVAC data are published in:

Cohen, Dara Kay, and Ragnhild Nordås. "Sexual violence in armed conflict Introducing the SVAC dataset, 1989–2009." Journal of Peace Research 51.3 (2014): 418-428.

See also:

Cohen, Dara Kay and Ragnhild Nordås. 2013. “Sexual Violence in Armed Conflict (SVAC) Dataset Codebook and User Instruction Guide version 1.0”, Peace Research Institute Oslo. See also: www.sexualviolencedata.org

Croicu, Mihai and Ralph Sundberg. 2015. “UCDP GED Codebook version 4.0”, Department of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University

Sundberg, Ralph and Erik Melander, 2013, “Introducing the UCDP Georeferenced Event Dataset”, Journal of Peace Research 50(4): 523-532.