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'I don't need an eye for an eye': Women's responses to intimate partner violence in Sierra Leone and Liberia.
Glob Public Health. 2016; 11(1-2):108-21.GP

Abstract

This paper explores the possibilities for agency in intimate partner violence (IPV) situations from the perspective of women in Sierra Leone and Liberia using focus group discussions (N groups = 14, N participants = 110) and individual interviews (N = 20). Findings identify multiple interrelated factors influencing the decision-making of women experiencing IPV. At the individual level, emotional factors and women's knowledge of their rights and options influence their decision-making. At the relational level, the role of neighbours, family and friends is crucial, both for emotional support and practical assistance. At the community level, more formal structures play a role, such as chiefs and women's groups, though their effectiveness varies. At the structural level are barriers to effective responses, including a poorly functioning criminal justice system and a social system in which children often stay with fathers following separation or divorce. Strong cultural beliefs operate to keep women in abusive relationships. We identify implications for prevention and response services and make practice recommendations. Since the desire of most women experiencing IPV was to live in peace with their husbands, interventions should respect women's priorities by focusing more on prevention and interventions to end the violence, rather than solely assisting women to leave violent relationships.

Authors+Show Affiliations

a Institute of International Health and Development , Queen Margaret University , Edinburgh , UK.b Department of Psychology and Neuroscience , Duke University , Durham , NC , USA.c International Rescue Committee , New York , NY , USA.c International Rescue Committee , New York , NY , USA.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

25996201

Citation

Horn, Rebecca, et al. "'I Don't Need an Eye for an Eye': Women's Responses to Intimate Partner Violence in Sierra Leone and Liberia." Global Public Health, vol. 11, no. 1-2, 2016, pp. 108-21.
Horn R, Puffer ES, Roesch E, et al. 'I don't need an eye for an eye': Women's responses to intimate partner violence in Sierra Leone and Liberia. Glob Public Health. 2016;11(1-2):108-21.
Horn, R., Puffer, E. S., Roesch, E., & Lehmann, H. (2016). 'I don't need an eye for an eye': Women's responses to intimate partner violence in Sierra Leone and Liberia. Global Public Health, 11(1-2), 108-21. https://doi.org/10.1080/17441692.2015.1032320
Horn R, et al. 'I Don't Need an Eye for an Eye': Women's Responses to Intimate Partner Violence in Sierra Leone and Liberia. Glob Public Health. 2016;11(1-2):108-21. PubMed PMID: 25996201.
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TY - JOUR T1 - 'I don't need an eye for an eye': Women's responses to intimate partner violence in Sierra Leone and Liberia. AU - Horn,Rebecca, AU - Puffer,Eve S, AU - Roesch,Elisabeth, AU - Lehmann,Heidi, Y1 - 2015/05/21/ PY - 2015/5/22/entrez PY - 2015/5/23/pubmed PY - 2016/10/7/medline KW - Liberia KW - Sierra Leone KW - domestic violence KW - intimate partner violence KW - violence against women SP - 108 EP - 21 JF - Global public health JO - Glob Public Health VL - 11 IS - 1-2 N2 - This paper explores the possibilities for agency in intimate partner violence (IPV) situations from the perspective of women in Sierra Leone and Liberia using focus group discussions (N groups = 14, N participants = 110) and individual interviews (N = 20). Findings identify multiple interrelated factors influencing the decision-making of women experiencing IPV. At the individual level, emotional factors and women's knowledge of their rights and options influence their decision-making. At the relational level, the role of neighbours, family and friends is crucial, both for emotional support and practical assistance. At the community level, more formal structures play a role, such as chiefs and women's groups, though their effectiveness varies. At the structural level are barriers to effective responses, including a poorly functioning criminal justice system and a social system in which children often stay with fathers following separation or divorce. Strong cultural beliefs operate to keep women in abusive relationships. We identify implications for prevention and response services and make practice recommendations. Since the desire of most women experiencing IPV was to live in peace with their husbands, interventions should respect women's priorities by focusing more on prevention and interventions to end the violence, rather than solely assisting women to leave violent relationships. SN - 1744-1706 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/25996201/'I_don't_need_an_eye_for_an_eye':_Women's_responses_to_intimate_partner_violence_in_Sierra_Leone_and_Liberia_ L2 - http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/17441692.2015.1032320 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -