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Violence against women migrants and refugees: analysing causes and effective policy response

Awarded: NOK 1.8 mill.

The purpose of the study is to investigate violence against women in migration and escape to better understand what special challenges women face as refugees and migrants before and after arrival in Norway. The project is being implemented by the NorwegianCenter on Violence and Traumatic Stress (NKVTS) and is part of an international collaborative project between seven countries, funded by the participating countries' Research Council and the EU's Horizon 2020 research program. Interviews have been conducted with representatives of the authorities, voluntary organizations and the vulnerable in the project, and three master's theses have been completed. Preliminary results / conclusions in the project - Government guidelines as a requirement for integration can lead to distortions of goals in voluntary organizations and undermine the agent of migrant women - Credibility assessments in connection with the asylum process are in contrast to knowledge about the consequences of gender-based violence and sexual abuse - Victims of violence with a migrant background encounter special obstacles when it comes to leaving a violent partner. - Politicaland instittutional logics may negatively affct the situation of people who seek protections

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