Managing in the Contemporary World: Rape Victims’ and Supporters’ Experiences of Barriers Within the Police and the Healthcare System in Tanzania
2011 (English)In: Journal of Interpersonal Violence, ISSN 0886-2605, E-ISSN 1552-6518, Vol. 26, no 16, 3187-3209 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Grounded theory guided the analysis of 30 in-depth interviews with raped women and community members who had supported raped women in their contact with the police and health care services in Tanzania. The aim of this study was to understand and conceptualize the experiences of the informants by creating a theoretical model focusing on barriers, strategies, and responses during the help seeking process. The results illustrate a process of managing in the contemporary world characterized as walking a path of anger and humiliation. The barriers are illustrated by painful experiences of realizing it's all about money, meeting unprofessionalism and irresponsibility, subjected to unreliable services, and by being caught in a messed-up system. Negotiating truths and knowing what to do capture the informants' coping strategies. The study indicates an urgent need for improvement in the formal procedures of handling rape cases, improved collaboration between the police and the health care system, as well as specific training for professionals to improve their communication and caring skills.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011. Vol. 26, no 16, 3187-3209 p.
adult victims, disclosure, support seeking, prevention, Female, rape victim, Supporter, healthcare, police
Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Medicine
Research subject Obstetrics and Gynaecology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-122231DOI: 10.1177/0886260510393006ISI: 000295727200001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-122231DiVA: diva2:309652
The authors gratefully acknowledge the cooperation of the participants, and those who assisted in one way or another at the women help centres in Dar es Salaam and in rural Temeke. 2010-04-072010-04-072011-11-15Bibliographically approved