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Migrants’ Sexual Violence in the Mediterranean Region: A Regional Analysis

Department of Psychology and Social Sciences, Frederick University, Nicosia 1036, Cyprus
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Academic Editor: Sally Guttmacher
Received: 22 May 2021 / Revised: 20 June 2021 / Accepted: 29 June 2021 / Published: 5 July 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sexual and Reproductive Health of Female Migrants)
Migration in the Mediterranean region has increased greatly during the last years. Reports and studies reveal that violence and injuries among refugees and migrants is a common occurrence in the WHO Europe Region. Available literature indicates that sexual violence incidents take place: (a) during the migratory journey to the host country, (b) while in detention centers, (c) once migrants have reached their destination, and (d) during the period in which a woman is subject of trafficking. This manuscript explores how sexual violence against refugee/immigrant women is presented in the international literature; a narrative review of the literature was conducted on the phenomenon of migration in the Mediterranean area, and specifically on sexual violence of migrant women. In order to face the challenges faced by migrant women victims of sexual violence, the following policies are suggested by international literature: (a) offer emergency medical and health care to sexual violence survivors, which is usually relatively limited, (b) offer mental health care and psychological support for sexual violence when planning services to provide clinical care, and (c) work towards the aim of transforming norms and values in order to promote gender equality and support non-violent behaviours. View Full-Text
Keywords: sexual violence; migrant women; Mediterranean; health care sexual violence; migrant women; Mediterranean; health care
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Hadjicharalambous, D.; Parlalis, S. Migrants’ Sexual Violence in the Mediterranean Region: A Regional Analysis. Sexes 2021, 2, 305-314. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/sexes2030024

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Hadjicharalambous D, Parlalis S. Migrants’ Sexual Violence in the Mediterranean Region: A Regional Analysis. Sexes. 2021; 2(3):305-314. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/sexes2030024

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Hadjicharalambous, Demetris, and Stavros Parlalis. 2021. "Migrants’ Sexual Violence in the Mediterranean Region: A Regional Analysis" Sexes 2, no. 3: 305-314. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/sexes2030024

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