Self-care of those who work to eradicate gender-based violence

Isabel Gomà-Rodríguez, Leonor María Cantera, Joilson Pereira Da Silva

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    © 2018 Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Valparaiso. All rights reserved. Gender-based violence is a complex problem that also affects those who work to eradicate it. The aim of this research is to learn about the various forms of self-care being used by workers and their purpose. It is based on the concept of self-care and on the psychosocial risks of these professionals. The methodology used was qualitative, for which six professionals were interviewed. The results show that self-care works as a mechanism for disconnection, drainage, increase well-being, and integration of labor experiences. However, although there is a wide range of actions that contribute to self-care, it is insufficient, as there are some barriers that prevent it. We propose a descriptive model of these barriers, highlighting the invisibility of the repercussions suffered. We recommend to investigate more deeply the self-care factors found as well as the barriers, and to take them into account both in the implementation of intervention and prevention programs and in the training of future professionals.
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication statusPublished - 15 Mar 2018


    • Gender-based violence
    • Professionals
    • Psychosocial risks
    • Self-care

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