Low-cost non-professional interventions for victims of sexual violence: A systematic review

Anouk F. J. Geraets*, Peter G. van der Velden

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

In low-income countries many victims of sexual violence with mental health problems do not have access to specialized and costly evidence-based therapeutic interventions. For this reason, it is important to gain insight in the effectiveness of low-cost non-professional interventions for these victims of sexual violence. For this purpose, a systematic review was conducted using PsycINFO and PubMed. In total, 14 intervention-studies among victims of sexual violence were identified, studying 10 different low-cost non-professional interventions published between 1990 and 2018. Results showed that almost all interventions were effective to a lesser or greater extent. For this reason, described low-cost non-professional interventions are of interest for victims of sexual violence as well as for mental health policy makers in low-income countries. However, almost all studies were performed in the USA, and none of the studies included a long-term follow-up period or victimized men. Therefore, future studies on the effectiveness of these interventions in low-income countries including a long-term follow-up period and men, are highly recommended.

Original languageEnglish
Article number101425
Number of pages13
JournalAggression and Violent Behavior
Volume53
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Keywords

  • Sexual violence
  • Low-cost interventions
  • Non-professional interventions
  • Mental health
  • Systematic review
  • POSTTRAUMATIC-STRESS-DISORDER
  • ABUSE
  • SURVIVORS
  • RAPE
  • ASSAULT
  • HEALTH
  • PSYCHOTHERAPY
  • EFFICACY
  • PSYCHOPATHOLOGY
  • METAANALYSIS

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