What is it about?

In Turkey, almost every 4 out of 10 married women have been subjected to physical abuse by their spouses. Our study carried out in Erzurum, a large city in Eastern Anatolia, examined the attitudes and behaviors of 370 medical emergency services personnel towards violence against women (VAW). Less than half of the participants felt competent in recognizing and managing VAW; moreover, when faced with such cases, 18.5% said they would try to reconcile the victim with the perpetrator.

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Why is it important?

Traditional, patriarchal culture is hard to change, even in highly educated medical personnel who are supposed to recognize and address VAW. The study identified a serious systemic deficiency that needs to be addressed.


We hope that our findings will receive due attention from policy makers in Turkey. Mandatory personnel training and certification in VAW could be helpful.

Patrick Marius Koga Koga
University of California, Davis, School of Medicine

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This page is a summary of: Sexism, attitudes, and behaviors towards violence against women in medical emergency services workers in Erzurum, Turkey, Global Health Action, January 2018, Taylor & Francis, DOI: 10.1080/16549716.2018.1524541.
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