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Memorias del Instituto de Investigaciones en Ciencias de la Salud

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SUHURT, Cristina Arrom et al. Participation of women in social organizations and family networks in the context of domestic violence. Mem. Inst. Investig. Cienc. Salud [online]. 2018, vol.16, n.1, pp.6-13. ISSN 1812-9528.

Social isolation of women victims of domestic violence constitutes an aggravating and perpetuating risk factor for the phenomenon of the affected population. The objective of the study was to relate pregnant women victims of domestic violence with participation in social organizations and family networks. Retrospective study of secondary sources with consecutive sampling of women who attended public hospitals in Alto Paraná, Paraguay. Gelles and Straus Scale and a questionnaire about participation in social organizations and contact with family members were applied. Of the 1046 women, 70.1% (n = 733) was victim of psychological violence; 23.9% (n = 250) of physical violence; 7.5% (n = 78) of sexual abuse and 7.9% (n = 83) of economic violence. Participation in organizations was reported as follows: 41% (n = 429) in church group, 12.8% (n = 134) in school cooperative, 16.3% (n = 171) in neighborhood organizations; 5.5% (n = 58) in sports clubs, 4.1% (n = 43) mothers' clubs, 3.4% (n = 36) women's organizations and 2.6% (n = 27) in unions. The fact of being a victim of psychological violence was associated with the non-participation in school associations (p <0.045) and not frequenting friends (p = 0.020). Both being a victim of sexual abuse (p <0.004) and being a victim of economic violence (0.028) were associated with not frequenting the parents. The study population, in addition to gathering social characteristics of vulnerability, is a victim of domestic violence associated with their lack of participation in social organizations and family networks.

Keywords : social participation-family; networks-domestic; violence-pregnant women..

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