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Violence by burning against women and girls: An integrative review

Kornhaber, R ORCID: 0000-0001-6556-6775, Pan, R, Cleary, M ORCID: 0000-0002-1453-4850, Hungerford, C and Malic, C 2021 , 'Violence by burning against women and girls: An integrative review' , Trauma, Violence & Abuse , pp. 1-15 , doi: 10.1177/15248380211048445.

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Abstract

Violence against women and girls by burning is a serious and confronting form of gender-based violence. Often, perpetratorsaim to disfigure their victims or cause great pain, rather than kill them. Little is known about the characteristics of females whoare subjected to violence by burning. This study aimed to review the literature concerning the prevalence, demographic profile,injury event, contributing factors and health outcomes for women and girls who have experienced burn-related violence. Asearch across five databases (PubMed, CINAHL, PsycINFO, Scopus and LILACS) was conducted up to April 2021 to identifyoriginal peer-review research, with a focus on violence by burning against women and girls. The review was guided by the fivestage approach to integrative reviews developed by Whittemore and Knafl (2005). Fifteen studies were identified. Victims werepredominantly married, with low socio-economic status, limited education, and high emotional and financial dependency ontheir partners or families. Burn injuries were mostly caused by flame or acid, with significant morbidity or high mortality.Motives included family/marital issues or property/financial disputes. This review identified the limited evidence available in thepeer-reviewed literature related to burn-related violence against women and girls worldwide. Findings suggest the need forfurther research to provide a clearer understanding of the complex issues involved.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Kornhaber, R and Pan, R and Cleary, M and Hungerford, C and Malic, C
Keywords: burns, female, gender-based violence, integrative review
Journal or Publication Title: Trauma, Violence & Abuse
Publisher: Sage Publications, Inc.
ISSN: 1552-8324
DOI / ID Number: 10.1177/15248380211048445
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