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Combatting Intimate Partner Violence: Representations of Social and Healthcare Personnel Working with Gender-Based Violence Interventions

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OLV (Oltre La Violenza) Project, Naples Health Service, Piazza Nazionale, 95, 80143 Naples, Italy
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Department of Humanities, University of Naples “Federico II” Via Porta di Massa, 80133 Naples, Italy
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(15), 5543; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17155543
Received: 31 May 2020 / Revised: 27 July 2020 / Accepted: 28 July 2020 / Published: 31 July 2020
Intimate partner violence (IPV) has been declared a global epidemic by the World Health Organization. Although the attention paid to both the perpetrators and victims of gender-based violence has increased, scientific research is still lacking in regard to the representations of operators involved in interventions and management. Therefore, the following study explores how the representations of operators affect how gender violence can be managed and combatted through an ecological approach to this phenomenon, in addition to highlighting the roles of organizational-level services and their cultural and symbolic substrates. In total, 35 health and social professionals were interviewed and textual materials were analyzed by thematic analysis. The evidence suggests that services contrasting gender-based violence utilize different representations and management approaches. The authors hope that these differences can become a resource, rather than a limitation, when combatting gender-based violence through the construction of more integrated networks and a greater dialogue among different services, in order to make interventions designed to combat gender-based violence more effective. View Full-Text
Keywords: gender violence; professional representations; services contrasting gender-based violence; violence management; ecological approach gender violence; professional representations; services contrasting gender-based violence; violence management; ecological approach
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Autiero, M.; Procentese, F.; Carnevale, S.; Arcidiacono, C.; Di Napoli, I. Combatting Intimate Partner Violence: Representations of Social and Healthcare Personnel Working with Gender-Based Violence Interventions. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 5543. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17155543

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Autiero M, Procentese F, Carnevale S, Arcidiacono C, Di Napoli I. Combatting Intimate Partner Violence: Representations of Social and Healthcare Personnel Working with Gender-Based Violence Interventions. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2020; 17(15):5543. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17155543

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Autiero, Marcella, Fortuna Procentese, Stefania Carnevale, Caterina Arcidiacono, and Immacolata Di Napoli. 2020. "Combatting Intimate Partner Violence: Representations of Social and Healthcare Personnel Working with Gender-Based Violence Interventions" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 17, no. 15: 5543. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17155543

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