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Fear is What Weighs Most : Experiences of Women in Situations of Violence in Accessing Support Services in Brazil (Inglês)

This paper seeks to fill a knowledge gap relative to the low uptake of services for women living in situations of violence. The phenomenon is observed in many countries, including in Brazil, despite its robust legal framework to prevent and protect women from domestic violence. Through qualitative research, this paper explores the experience of women survivors of violence against women (VAW) in seeking help to exit abusive relationships, with the aim of identifying avenues to strengthen service delivery and violence prevention policies. The experiences of research participants demonstrate that a complex set of issues related to social norms, individual agency and institutional weaknesses serve as strong barriers for service uptake. These include women's personal preparedness to seek support; the catalyzing or constraining function that families, friends, peers and people in authority can play; external barriers to accessing services; and the availability and quality of services in different settings. Data from this research also highlight the importance of psycho-social support services that help survivors make informed decisions about how to exit abusive relationships, to rebuild their emotional stability and self-esteem, establish economic autonomy, pursue justice, and ultimately reconstruct their lives.


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    Machado,Ana Luiza, Muller,Miriam, Van Wie,Sara Hause

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    Documento de trabalho sobre pesquisa de políticas

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    América Latina e Caribe,

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    Fear is What Weighs Most : Experiences of Women in Situations of Violence in Accessing Support Services in Brazil

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    declaration on the elimination of violence against woman; Poverty and Equity; perpetrators of violence against women; prevention of violence against women; law on violence against woman; international food policy research institute; domestic violence against woman; help-seeking behavior; low levels of education; health care for woman; Gender-Based Violence; legal assistance to woman; arbitrary deprivation of liberty; Demographic and Health Survey; data collection and analysis; family and friends; intimate partner violence; share of woman; form of violence; barrier to woman; fear of reprisals; mental health nursing; survivors of violence; social support system; cycle of violence; access to information; empowerment of woman; experienced violence; access to women; act of aggression; sense of citizenship; welfare of children; risk of death; center for education; promoting gender equity; implementation of law; pattern of abuse; dependence on men; voice and agency; sexual reproductive health; job placement service; mental health outcomes; use of service; gender power relations; provision of information; cost of access; disease notification; barriers for woman; hiv prevention intervention; social support network; act of gender; cost of travel; feelings of guilt; Sexually Transmitted Disease; secretariat for woman; post-traumatic stress disorder; right to privacy; impact on child; application of law; human subject research; distance of travel; episodes of violence; economic empowerment program; center for health; lack of knowledge; severe physical violence; types of service; conflict and violence; data on women; word of mouth; mother and child; proportion of woman; types of violence; radio and television; availability of information; freedom from violence; consequences of violence; policy and institution; issue of security; risk of violence; civil society capacity; shelter for woman; abuse of power



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