Barriers and facilitators to effective coverage of Intimate Partner Violence services for immigrant women in Spain

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Título: Barriers and facilitators to effective coverage of Intimate Partner Violence services for immigrant women in Spain
Autor/es: Briones Vozmediano, Erica | La Parra-Casado, Daniel | Vives-Cases, Carmen
Grupo/s de investigación o GITE: Salud Pública | Observatorio Europeo de Tendencias Sociales (OBETS)
Centro, Departamento o Servicio: Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Enfermería Comunitaria, Medicina Preventiva y Salud Pública e Historia de la Ciencia | Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Sociología II
Palabras clave: Access and evaluation | Battered women | Emigrants and immigrants | Health-care disparities | Spain | Women's health service
Área/s de conocimiento: Medicina Preventiva y Salud Pública | Sociología
Fecha de publicación: 13-oct-2014
Editor: John Wiley & Sons
Cita bibliográfica: Health Expectations. 2014. doi:10.1111/hex.12283
Resumen: Objective: To explore service providers’ perceptions in order to identify barriers and facilitators to effective coverage of Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) services for immigrant women in Spain, according to the different categories proposed in Tanahashi's model of effective coverage. Methods: A qualitative study based on 29 in-depth personal interviews and four group interviews with a total of 43 professionals working in public services (social and health-care services, women's refuges, the police force, the judiciary) and NGOs in Barcelona, Madrid, Valencia and Alicante (Spain) in 2011. Findings: Current IPV services in Spain partially fail in their coverage of abused immigrant women due to barriers of (i) availability, such as the inexistence of culturally appropriate services; (ii) accessibility, as having a residence permit is a prerequisite for women's access to different services and rights; (iii) acceptability, such as women's lack of confidence in the effectiveness of services; and (iv) effectiveness, for example, lack of specific training among professionals on the issues of IPV and immigration. However, interviewees also identified facilitators, such as the enabling environment promoted by the Spanish Law on Gender-Based Violence (1/2004), and the impetus it has provided for the development of other specific legislative tools to address IPV in immigrant populations in Spain (availability, accessibility and effectiveness). Conclusion: Whilst not dismissing cultural barriers, aspects related to service structure are identified by providers as the main barriers and facilitators to immigrant women use of IPV services. Despite noteworthy achievements, improvements are still required in terms of mainstreaming assistance tailored to immigrant women's needs in IPV policies and services.
Patrocinador/es: This study was financed by the National Health Institute Carlos III (Ministry of Health, Spain).
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10045/41901
ISSN: 1369-6513 (Print) | 1369-7625 (Online)
DOI: 10.1111/hex.12283
Idioma: eng
Tipo: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Derechos: © 2014 John Wiley & Sons Ltd
Revisión científica: si
Versión del editor: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/hex.12283
Aparece en las colecciones:INV - SP - Artículos de Revistas
INV - OBETS - Artículos de Revistas
INV - Investigación en Género - Artículos de Revistas
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