The health care sector response to intimate partner violence in kenya: Exploring health care providers' perceptions of care for victims

P. Nguyen Quynh-Uyen, Neil Flynn, Morris Kitua, Esther M. Muthumbi, Daniel M. Mutonga, Jamilla Rajab, Elizabeth Miller

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Abstract

Intimate partner violence (IPV) is prevalent in Kenya, yet few studies have examined the role of health care providers (HCPs) in addressing IPV. Interviews with 18 Kenyan HCPs explored how they recognize and support IPV victims, including barriers to care. HCPs most commonly see victims of physical abuse. Medical responses to victims included counseling, treatment, and referrals, although rural HCPs reported fewer available services than in urban settings. HCPs attributed the limited response to IPV victims to unclear laws and fragmented care, especially in a culture where IPV remains largely unspoken and underreported. These results underscore the need for increased training on IPV assessment and response for HCPs in Kenya, with emphasis on standardized care guidelines for victims.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)888-900
Number of pages13
JournalViolence and Victims
Volume31
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Gender-based violence
  • Health care
  • Intimate partner violence
  • Kenya
  • Screening

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Health(social science)
  • Law

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