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    'Nobody ever chooses this ...': a qualitative study of service providers working in the sexual violence sector – key issues and challenges

    Kelleher, Caroline and McGilloway, Sinéad (2009) 'Nobody ever chooses this ...': a qualitative study of service providers working in the sexual violence sector – key issues and challenges. Health and Social Care in the Community, 17 (3). pp. 295-303. ISSN 0966-0410

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    This paper describes the findings from the first stage of a study designed to assess the impact of sexual violence (SV) on the lives of Irish women. Stakeholder interviews (n = 18) were undertaken to explore experiences of delivering services to people who have experienced SV, in rural and urban settings in Ireland. A range of themes and sub-themes were identified through a thematic analysis, and interrelationships between two of the main themes (barriers to services and current gaps in service provision) are discussed. Sub-themes include: survivor guilt and shame, difficulties in naming the incident as SV, problems with the Criminal Justice System and the availability of Sexual Assault Treatment Units. Participants identified an urgent need for a co-ordinated national strategy in the form of a public awareness and education campaign in order to undermine commonly held rape myths and stereotypes. The findings will be of interest to all health and social care professionals who are in contact with women who have experienced SV. They will also help to raise an awareness of the 'hidden' costs of SV, and inform appropriate policies and community-based responses to this important social problem.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: rape; service providers; service provision; sexual violence;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Science and Engineering > Psychology
    Item ID: 9287
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    Depositing User: Dr. Sinéad McGilloway
    Date Deposited: 05 Mar 2018 16:27
    Journal or Publication Title: Health and Social Care in the Community
    Publisher: Wiley
    Refereed: Yes
    Funders: Irish Research Council for Humanities and Social Sciences (IRCHSS)
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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