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Healthcare Provider Responses and Preparedness towards Caring for Females who have Experienced Intimate Partner Violence in Sri Lanka

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Sepali Guruge ,

Ryerson University, 350 Victoria Street, Toronto, ON, CA
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Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing
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Vathsala Illesinghe,

Ryerson University, 350 Victoria Street, Toronto, ON, CA
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Yeates School of Graduate Studies
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Nalika Gunawardena

World Health Organization Country Office for Sri Lanka, No.5, Anderson Road, Colombo 05, LK
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Abstract

Females who experience intimate partner violence have frequent and repeated contact with healthcare providers whose ability to provide care and support is contextual and often problematized by gendered attitudes and beliefs. This cross-sectional study examined healthcare providers' responses and preparedness to care for females who reported intimate partner violence in hospital and community care settings in Sri Lanka. In total, 405 healthcare providers from four provinces completed a questionnaire. Data were analyzed using descriptive and analytical statistics. Of the 177 nurses, 145 doctors, and 83 midwives who participated in the study, most (76%) had met females living with intimate partner violence, but the types of violence reported to them, and their responses varied among the three professions. A range of factors operating at the individual, institutional, and community levels shaped healthcare provider responses and preparedness to support females reporting intimate partner violence (IPV). These results have implications for the training of healthcare providers and for putting in place adequate institutional resources in order to improve the health sector response to IPV.
How to Cite: Guruge, S., Illesinghe, V. and Gunawardena, N., 2021. Healthcare Provider Responses and Preparedness towards Caring for Females who have Experienced Intimate Partner Violence in Sri Lanka. OUSL Journal, 16(2), pp.65–85. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/ouslj.v16i2.7507
Published on 30 Dec 2021.
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