Frequency and physical factors associated with gender-based violence in the internally displaced people of Pakistan

J Coll Physicians Surg Pak. 2012 Jan;22(1):63-5.


Gender-based violence frequency and associated physical factors were determined in internally displaced people camp of Jalozai (Pakistan). Majority of families reported that security conditions were lacking and washrooms were neither illuminated (68%, n=29) nor locked (82%, n=31). Reported incidents of emotional violence were 56% (n=35), physical violence 42% (n=26) and sexual violence 18% (n=11). Health facilities reported 12 cases of gender-based violence/ month. No health education on prevention of gender-based violence (93%, n=56) neither psychologist was provided by any health facility. There was no refugee committee (95%, n=59) for women protection and health education (93%, n=56) for prevention of gender-based violence was done. To safeguard women and children proper lightening of passage, lock facilities in washrooms and timely reporting of gender-based violence cases should be ensured. This can be established by creating women protection committees and by conducting health education programs for gender-based violence.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Age Factors
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Domestic Violence / ethnology*
  • Domestic Violence / psychology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Pakistan / epidemiology
  • Prevalence
  • Refugees*
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Sexual Behavior*
  • Young Adult