Sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) is a global public health concern disproportionately affecting women, with negative consequences for their health, well-being, human rights, and equality. SGBV includes any act perpetrated against an individual that is against that person’s will and is predicated upon gender norms and unequal power relationships. SGBV occurs in crisis settings where vulnerability is increased, and social and legal sanctions are reduced. Internally Displaced Persons are vulnerable to SGBV during times of conflict as well as in post-conflict settings due to resultant losses of socioeconomic opportunities in addition to housing, security, lack of institutional protection, and familial separation. More than two million people in Nigeria’s North East region have been displaced due to armed attacks in the past decade. This research brief presents findings from a study that documents barriers to access to medical and psycho-social support services for SGBV survivors in Borno state, Nigeria. The study provides recommendations for the development of interventions to address prevention needs among groups vulnerable to SGBV.
Dirisu, Osasuyi. 2020. "Understanding barriers to clinical management of rape (CMR) services among survivors of rape in crisis settings in Borno state," research brief. Abuja: Population Council.