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      Barriers to Help-Seeking for Sexual Violence Among Married or Cohabiting Women in Ghana

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          While sexual violence against women has gained attention in sub-Saharan Africa, research examining help-seeking remains limited. Scholarship on barriers to help-seeking among sexually abused married or cohabiting women is particularly lacking. We used the barriers model and held 15 in-depth interviews with sexually abused Ghanaian married or cohabiting women to examine help-seeking behaviors. Participants identified multiple barriers to help-seeking, including financial difficulties, lack of social support, and stigma. The results corroborate the barriers model's formulation of the challenges faced by female survivors in reporting violence. They indicate the need to improve laws to promote help-seeking among women with experiences of sexual violence.

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                Journal
                Violence Against Women
                Violence Against Women
                VAW
                spvaw
                Violence against Women
                SAGE Publications (Sage CA: Los Angeles, CA )
                1077-8012
                1552-8448
                13 December 2021
                December 2022
                : 28
                : 15-16
                : 3844-3864
                Affiliations
                [1 ]Department of Geography and Planning, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada
                [2 ]Department of Sociology, Ringgold 98997, universityMemorial University of Newfoundland; , St. John's, Canada
                Author notes
                [*]Gervin. A. Apatinga, Department of Geography and Planning, the University of Saskatchewan, 118 Cumberland Avenue North, S7N 1M2, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. Email: gervinapatinga@ 123456gmail.com
                Author information
                https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5503-3200
                https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6127-3799
                Article
                10.1177_10778012211060861
                10.1177/10778012211060861
                9619249
                34903095
                cf3c446e-5b62-4915-b401-bf83bbb04135
                © The Author(s) 2021

                This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License ( https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) which permits any use, reproduction and distribution of the work without further permission provided the original work is attributed as specified on the SAGE and Open Access page ( https://us.sagepub.com/en-us/nam/open-access-at-sage).

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                Funded by: The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada;
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                africa,barriers model,ghana,married or cohabiting women,sexual violence

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