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Estudos Interdisciplinares em Psicologia

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SOUZA, Tatiana Machiavelli Carmo  and  REZENDE, Fernanda Ferreira. Violence against women: conceptions and practices of public service professionals. Est. Inter. Psicol. [online]. 2018, vol.9, n.2, pp. 21-38. ISSN 2236-6407.

Violence against women stems from gender inequality and leads to psychological, physical, moral, property, and sexual harm. Despite its high prevalence, it is still sub-identified in the health services, what is a problem for the effective implementation of public policies to combat violence. The study investigated the conceptions and practices of health professionals about the phenomenon of violence against women. We carried out a qualitative study, with a sample of nine participants (three doctors, three nurses, and three psychologists) who attend women in public health units of Jataí/GO. To obtain data, we used individual and semi-structured interviews. The data were interpreted with content analysis. It was found theoretical and methodological weaknesses of the professionals on the issue of violence against women, as well as difficulties in prevention, care, and notification of health services.

Keywords : gender violence; public policy; public health.

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