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Exploring gender norms, agency and intimate partner violence among displaced Colombian women: A qualitative assessment.
Glob Public Health. 2016; 11(1-2):17-33.GP

Abstract

Women displaced by conflict are often exposed to many factors associated with a risk of intimate partner violence (IPV) such as high levels of community violence and the breakdown of social support systems. Previous research found that Colombian women perceived IPV to increase after displacement. This study explored how the experience of displacement altered gendered roles in ways that influenced the risk of IPV. Thirty-three qualitative interviews were conducted with displaced partnered Colombian women. Women disclosed that couples often held patriarchal gender norms; however, the roles of each partner necessitated by conditions of displacement were often in conflict with these norms. Men's underemployment and women's employment outside the home were viewed as gender transgressive within some partnerships and increased relationship conflict. Economic resources intended to empower displaced women, notably women's earnings and home ownership, had unintended negative consequences for women's agency. These consequences included a corresponding decrease in partner financial contributions and reduced mobility. Women's ability to obtain support or leave violent relationships was hindered by interpersonal, social and structural barriers. For women to have agency to leave violent relationships, power relationships at all levels from the interpersonal to societal must be recognised and addressed.

Authors+Show Affiliations

a Department of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education , Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University , Atlanta , GA , USA.a Department of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education , Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University , Atlanta , GA , USA.b Hubert Department of Global Health , Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University , Atlanta , GA , USA.a Department of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education , Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University , Atlanta , GA , USA.a Department of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education , Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University , Atlanta , GA , USA.b Hubert Department of Global Health , Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University , Atlanta , GA , USA. c Department of Sociology , Emory University , Atlanta , GA , USA.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

Language

eng

PubMed ID

26268668

Citation

Hynes, Michelle E., et al. "Exploring Gender Norms, Agency and Intimate Partner Violence Among Displaced Colombian Women: a Qualitative Assessment." Global Public Health, vol. 11, no. 1-2, 2016, pp. 17-33.
Hynes ME, Sterk CE, Hennink M, et al. Exploring gender norms, agency and intimate partner violence among displaced Colombian women: A qualitative assessment. Glob Public Health. 2016;11(1-2):17-33.
Hynes, M. E., Sterk, C. E., Hennink, M., Patel, S., DePadilla, L., & Yount, K. M. (2016). Exploring gender norms, agency and intimate partner violence among displaced Colombian women: A qualitative assessment. Global Public Health, 11(1-2), 17-33. https://doi.org/10.1080/17441692.2015.1068825
Hynes ME, et al. Exploring Gender Norms, Agency and Intimate Partner Violence Among Displaced Colombian Women: a Qualitative Assessment. Glob Public Health. 2016;11(1-2):17-33. PubMed PMID: 26268668.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Exploring gender norms, agency and intimate partner violence among displaced Colombian women: A qualitative assessment. AU - Hynes,Michelle E, AU - Sterk,Claire E, AU - Hennink,Monique, AU - Patel,Shilpa, AU - DePadilla,Lara, AU - Yount,Kathryn M, Y1 - 2015/08/13/ PY - 2015/8/14/entrez PY - 2015/8/14/pubmed PY - 2016/10/7/medline KW - Colombia KW - agency KW - displacement KW - gender KW - intimate partner violence SP - 17 EP - 33 JF - Global public health JO - Glob Public Health VL - 11 IS - 1-2 N2 - Women displaced by conflict are often exposed to many factors associated with a risk of intimate partner violence (IPV) such as high levels of community violence and the breakdown of social support systems. Previous research found that Colombian women perceived IPV to increase after displacement. This study explored how the experience of displacement altered gendered roles in ways that influenced the risk of IPV. Thirty-three qualitative interviews were conducted with displaced partnered Colombian women. Women disclosed that couples often held patriarchal gender norms; however, the roles of each partner necessitated by conditions of displacement were often in conflict with these norms. Men's underemployment and women's employment outside the home were viewed as gender transgressive within some partnerships and increased relationship conflict. Economic resources intended to empower displaced women, notably women's earnings and home ownership, had unintended negative consequences for women's agency. These consequences included a corresponding decrease in partner financial contributions and reduced mobility. Women's ability to obtain support or leave violent relationships was hindered by interpersonal, social and structural barriers. For women to have agency to leave violent relationships, power relationships at all levels from the interpersonal to societal must be recognised and addressed. SN - 1744-1706 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/26268668/Exploring_gender_norms_agency_and_intimate_partner_violence_among_displaced_Colombian_women:_A_qualitative_assessment_ L2 - http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/17441692.2015.1068825 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -