Journal article

“It’s about Building a Network of Support”: Australian Service Provider Experiences Supporting Refugee Survivors of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence

Karen Block, Jeanine Hourani, Claire Sullivan, Cathy Vaughan

Journal of Immigrant & Refugee Studies | Informa UK Limited | Published : 2021


Refugees face a heightened risk of sexual and gender-based violence during conflict, transit and in countries of refuge. Despite long-term impacts on survivors, scholarship regarding effective responses remains limited. This paper presents a qualitative thematic analysis from in-depth interviews with 22 Australian service providers. Using a socio-ecological intersectional framework it explores the challenges faced in supporting survivors while highlighting features of effective practice. Findings emphasize the need for a holistic and integrated approach, responsive to socio-economic and immigration conditions, the impact of stigma and fear of authorities, service-system funding models, and t..

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