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It usually the woman’s fault if she is beaten up by a man – Swedish study

Monday, 12 December 2011
One third of the staff of the largest emergency department, Södersjukhuset (hospital) in Stockholm, believes that it is the woman's fault if she had been beaten up.

This has to do with a new Swedish study which shows that one in ten people do not believe that it is the responsibility of healthcare system to investigate how a woman's injuries occurred.

“The study shows that we still have much to work with the attitude part,”says Maaret Castren, professor of emergency care and working with clinical research and education at the hospital.

Swedish research and figures from the UN entity for women's rights, UN Women, shows that more than every other woman is subjected to any form of violence in their lifetime.
According to the UN, violence against women remains one of the most widespread violations of human rights while one of the least prosecuted crimes.

In the Swedish context is the emergency room that first sees this phenomenon and sometimes the only contact with the battered woman. 217 people who mostly work at Södersjukhuset’s various emergency departments participated in the study.

“I was a little surprised that it is still considered that it is not our responsibility to sort out the causes of women's injuries, and that you still think that women's behaviour in any way give a man the right to beat her up,” says Maaret Castrén.

Each year, murdered between 15 and 20 women are beaten up by their partners and more than half of them had a previously sought treatment for their being abused.

Half the staff had not asked the women who came in with suspected abuse injuries if they had been beaten, and barely one in ten women who was abused with injuries were documented.

According to Professor Maaret Castren, the study shows that there is too much indifference to these issues in her work.

The new study shows the need for further training. Professor Gun Heimer, director of the National Center for Women in Uppsala, said that the Swedish study shows the same result as foreign studies.
By Scancomark.se Team



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