The public health turn on violence against women - healthcare system's readiness and governance
Violence against women is a severe societal problem which requires coordinated actions in order to prevent and combat the violence. A clear shift in the framing of violence against women in Sweden is noted, in that it is now increasingly often framed as a public health problem, as shift that we label 'the public health turn on violence against women'. The healthcare sector is often the first authority that women meet after having been exposed to violence. It is therefore of utmost importance that the caretaking of victims of violence develops and is of high quality and that health professionals have adequate competence so that the encounter with victims becomes a trustful meeting which can help women to disclose their situation. Furthermore, new forms for coordinated actions, prevention and interventions are required, which implies that the policy level plays a key role in governing the work for improvement. We focus on primary health services in this project and scrutinize the consequences, obstacles and possibilities of healthcare work after the public health turn on violence against women. The aim of the project is twofold; a) to analyze primary healthcare health services' readiness to deal with violence against women; b) to scrutinize governance through law and policy on violence against women in the healthcare sector.
In sub-study 1 we perform a systematic review of policy documents on violence against women in Swedish county councils as well as legal frameworks for health systems and public health interventions. In sub-study 2 we conduct key-informant interviews and case studies in three selected county councils in order to explore how violence against women is defined by governing agencies, and how healthcare professionals in primary healthcare are governed through these policies.Close