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Economic crisis, immigrant women and changing availability of intimate partner violence services: a qualitative study of professionals' perceptions in Spain
Department of Community Nursing, Preventive Medicine and Public Health and History of Science, University of Alicante Public Health Research Group, San Vicente del Raspeig RoadAlicante, Spain.
Faculty of Dentistry, University of Antioquia, Street 67Medellín, Colombia.
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Epidemiology and Global Health. Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå Centre for Gender Studies (UCGS).ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8114-4705
Department of Community Nursing, Preventive Medicine and Public Health and History of Science, University of Alicante Public Health Research Group, San Vicente del Raspeig RoadAlicante, Spain; CIBER of Epidemiology and Public Health, Carlos III Institute of Health, Street Melchor Fernández AlmagroMadrid, Spain.
2014 (English)In: International Journal for Equity in Health, ISSN 1475-9276, E-ISSN 1475-9276, Vol. 13, 79Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Introduction: Since 2008, Spain has been in the throes of an economic crisis. This recession particularly affects the living conditions of vulnerable populations, and has also led to a reversal in social policies and a reduction in resources. In this context, the aim of this study was to explore intimate partner violence (IPV) service providers' perceptions of the impact of the current economic crisis on these resources in Spain and on their capacity to respond to immigrant women's needs experiencing IPV. Methods: A qualitative study was performed based on 43 semi-structured in-depth interviews to social workers, psychologists, intercultural mediators, judges, lawyers, police officers and health professionals from different services dealing with IPV (both, public and NGO's) and cities in Spain (Barcelona, Madrid, Valencia and Alicante) in 2011. Transcripts were imported into qualitative analysis software (Atlas.ti), and analysed using qualitative content analysis. Results: We identified four categories related to the perceived impact of the current economic crisis: a) "Immigrant women have it harder now", b) "IPV and immigration resources are the first in line for cuts", c) " Fewer staff means a less effective service" and d) "Equality and IPV policies are no longer a government priority". A cross-cutting theme emerged from these categories: immigrant women are triply affected; by IPV, by the crisis, and by structural violence. Conclusion: The professionals interviewed felt that present resources in Spain are insufficient to meet the needs of immigrant women, and that the situation might worsen in the future.

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2014. Vol. 13, 79
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crisis, immigrant women, intimate partner violence, qualitative study, Spain
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Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-95815DOI: 10.1186/s12939-014-0079-1ISI: 000345535000002PubMedID: 25205287Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84908212683OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-95815DiVA: diva2:761116
Available from: 2014-11-05 Created: 2014-11-05 Last updated: 2017-12-05Bibliographically approved

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