Experiences of gender based violence survivors in accessing treatment, care and support: a Case of Singida Municipality, Tanzania

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University of Dar es salaam
The main objective of this study was to explore the experiences of GBV survivors in their access to treatment, care, and support. The specific objectives of this study were to: examine help seeking behaviour of GBV survivors in accessing services in Singida municipality; examine services provided to GBV survivors when they seek treatment, care, and support in Singida Municipality and; examine community attitude towards GBV survivors help seeking in Singida Municipality. The study used qualitative approach which was a case study design to collect data. Through this design, the study has employed in-depth interviews, FGDs, observation, and documentary review methods to collect data from a sample of 35 respondents drawn from two villages of Uhamaka ward and Singida town. The respondents, particularly SWOs, Police, CDOs, Doctors, Nurses and Court staff drawn from Singida town were purposively selected while GBV survivors were selected using a snowball sampling technique. Data collected were analyzed through content analysis. The result of the study show that GBV survivors in the study area deal with their experiences in different ways including not seeking help. The study show that help seeking behavior vary because of various factors including difficulties faced in seeking help. The findings have also shown that services for GBV survivors are in some cases entirely unavailable or of poor quality. Apart from that, the study reveals that the community surrounding GBV survivors have negative attitude towards help seeking. The attitude, which extends to service providers, has been found to discourage treatment, care, and support seeking among GBV survivors in the area. Based on the findings, the study has made a number of recommendations to concerned parties. These include the need for village strategic plans to include ways of fighting GBV and encouraging survivors’ access to help services. Apart from that the study has recommended to the government the need for regularly training people responsible for handling GBV issues.
Available in print form, East Africana Collection, Dr.Wilbert Chagula Library, class mark (THS EAF RA413.5.T34K398)
Managed care plans (medical care), Gender - based violence ( GBV), Health care seeking behaviour, Health care services, Singida Municipality, Tanzania
Kayumba, D. B .M (2020) Experiences of gender based violence survivors in accessing treatment, care and support: a Case of Singida Municipality, Tanzania,Masters dissertation, University of Dar es Salaam, Dar es Salaam.