Care Seeking Patterns Among Women Who Have Experienced Gender-Based Violence in Afghanistan

Sonya Stokes, Andreea L. Seritan, Elizabeth Miller

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Abstract

This study explored patterns of abuse and care seeking among women victims of gender-based violence (GBV) in Afghanistan. Individual, semi-structured interviews were conducted with 22 Afghan women (M age = 19 years) living in a shelter for victims of GBV. Interviews were analyzed thematically. Participants reported experiencing multiple forms of abuse. The majority received medical treatment for abuse-related health concerns. However, less than half reported abuse to health care providers or were asked by health care providers about the context of their injuries. Strategies to improve health care responses to GBV are needed to ensure safety and support for Afghan women.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)817-831
Number of pages15
JournalViolence Against Women
Volume22
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - 2015

Keywords

  • Afghanistan
  • gender-based violence
  • health care access

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Law
  • Sociology and Political Science

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