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MAFFEI, Bruna; MARCOS, Cristiane Barros  and  PALUDO, Simone dos Santos. Motivations and expectations of women in situations of violence when filing a complaint at a police station specialized in assistance to women. Psicol. rev. (Belo Horizonte) [online]. 2020, vol.26, n.1, pp.165-186. ISSN 1677-1168.

The study aims to understand the reasons that drive women in situations of violence into looking for help from a Police Station Specialized in the Assistance to Women (DEAM – in Portuguese) and the women’s expectations after filing a complaint. Data collection was carried out through a semi-structured interview during a psychological emergency attendance duty at one of these specialized police stations in a city in the South of Brazil. The data collected in 24 cases with women from 19 to 84 years (Avg = 36.86; sd = 15.90) were subjected to qualitative analysis. The former partner was appointed as the main aggressor; and psychological and physical violence were the main reasons leading the women into looking for help from a Police Station. All women looked for the DEAM with the expectation that the legal system could solve their problems, mainly through security measures. This study shows that there is a need to empower the social care, health and justice network, helping to unveil violence and develop new perspectives after the event.

Keywords : Violence against women; Complaint; Police Station Specialized in the Assistance to Women (DEAM).

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