Clinical agreement with self-report of physical violence and torture in women seeking asylum in France

Patrícia Deps, Simon M Collin, Maria Angélica Carvalho Andrade, Hugo Pessotti Aborghetti, Thauyra Isis Aparecida de Oliveira, Philippe Charlier

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Abstract

Women are a particularly vulnerable group among persons seeking asylum but are still required to provide clinical evidence of acts of violence inflicted against them. In this study the authors describe patient histories, dermatological lesions and other injuries arising from physical violence and torture in female asylum-seekers attending a specialist outpatient service in France. Twenty-seven women were assessed during 2016-2018. Clinical corroboration of lesions with patients' self-reports was affirmative in >90% (25/27) of cases. Health care services in recipient countries must be configured and resourced to support women seeking asylum, and health care professionals must be receptive and sensitive to women's self-reported histories.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-10
Number of pages10
JournalHealth care for women international
Early online date9 Jun 2021
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 9 Jun 2021

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