Preferences for Intervention Among Peruvian Women in Intimate Partner Violence Relationships

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Abstract

We sought to identify what abused Peruvian women want or need as intervention strategies. We conducted five focus groups with 30 women with prior or current experience with intimate partner violence. Participants noted that abused women need compassionate support, professional counseling, and informational and practical (e.g., work skills training, employment, shelter, financial support) interventions. We propose a 2-tiered intervention strategy that includes community support groups and individual professional counseling. This strategy is intended to offer broad coverage, meeting the needs of large groups of women who experience abuse, whereas providing specialized counseling for those requiring intensive support. Respect for each woman's autonomy in the decision-making process is a priority. Interventions targeted toward women and men should address structural factors that contribute to violence against women.

Intentamos identificar lo que las mujeres Peruanas, victimas de violencia quieren y necesitan. Llevamos a cabo cinco grupos de enfoque con treinta mujeres con pasada o reciente experiencia de violencia conyugal. Las participantes señalaron que mujeres victimas de violencia necesitan apoyo y compasion, asesoramiento profesional, e intervenciones informativas y practicas. Proponemos una intervención de dos niveles la cual incluye grupos comunitarios de apoyo y asesoramiento individual y profesional. Esta estrategia intenta proporcionar amplia cobertura para cumplir las necesidades de un grupo amplio de mujeres violentadas. También intenta promover asesoramiento especializado para mujeres que necesitan apoyo intensivo. El respeto a la autonomía de la mujer y a su derecho de tomar decisiones es una prioridad. Intervenciones dirigidas a mujeres y hombres deben considerar factores estructurales que contribuyen a la violencia contra la mujer.

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