Challenges to Detecting and Addressing Intimate Partner Violence Among Roma Women in Spain: Perspectives of Primary Care Providers

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Title: Challenges to Detecting and Addressing Intimate Partner Violence Among Roma Women in Spain: Perspectives of Primary Care Providers
Authors: Briones Vozmediano, Erica | Castellanos Torres, Esther | Goicolea, Isabel | Vives-Cases, Carmen
Research Group/s: Salud Pública | Investigación en Género (IG)
Center, Department or Service: Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Enfermería Comunitaria, Medicina Preventiva y Salud Pública e Historia de la Ciencia
Keywords: Violence | Roma population | Health professionals | Health system | Barriers | Qualitative research | Spain
Knowledge Area: Medicina Preventiva y Salud Pública
Issue Date: 15-Sep-2019
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Citation: Journal of Interpersonal Violence. 2019. doi:10.1177/0886260519872299
Abstract: The objective of this study is to identify challenges and facilitators for detecting and addressing cases of intimate partner violence (IPV) against Roma women, from the perspectives of health personnel and representatives of Roma organizations, and to compare both perspectives. A total of 28 semi-structured interviews were carried out between November 2014 and February 2015 in different Spanish cities. A thematic analysis was carried out, guided by Aday and Andersen’s model regarding barriers to access to health services. Both groups signaled the following as principal challenges: (a) consideration of IPV as a private problem among the Roma population, (b) little use of primary care providers for prevention, (c) distrust of Roma women toward primary care professionals as resources for seeking help, (d) the inexistence of Roma professionals in health services, (e) health professionals’ lack of cultural sensitivity related to Roma people, and (f) the focus of health protocols for action against IPV on filing a police report. Potential facilitating factors included Roma women’s trust in nurses, social workers, and pediatricians and ethnic heterogeneity. There is need to promote action to address the identified challenges through a health equity approach that includes greater training and awareness raising among health professionals about Roma culture and the specific needs of Roma women.
Sponsor: The materials and analysis of this study are part of the larger research project titled “Violence against women and the responses of primary health professionals in Spain,” financed by the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness of the Government of Spain, Carlos III Institute and Fondos FEDER (Ref.PI13/00874), directed by professor Carmen Vives-Cases.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10045/98111
ISSN: 0886-2605 (Print) | 1552-6518 (Online)
DOI: 10.1177/0886260519872299
Language: eng
Type: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Rights: © The Author(s) 2019
Peer Review: si
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1177/0886260519872299
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