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Converging Drivers of Interpersonal Violence: Findings from a Qualitative Study in Post-hurricane Haiti

This paper documents lessons from a qualitative assessment of the Transforming Households: Reducing Incidence of Violence in Emergencies (THRIVE) project in Côteaux, Haiti. It highlights multiple drivers of interpersonal violence, and how these drivers may be influenced by the humanitarian emergency that was created in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew.

The study used a photo elicitation approach where the participants (36 individuals comprising, adult females and males, and adolescent females and males) were given cameras to capture images related to family relationships, family safety, and changes to family dynamics. The data captured in photographs were later complemented with qualitative interviews.

This study identified some multiple and converging drivers of interpersonal violence. These include: accumulation of daily stressors, loss of power/control, learned behaviour (intergenerational cycle of abuse), and inequitable gender norms, which were influenced by the humanitarian context caused by Hurricane Matthew.

Date published
  • 2019
Author(s)
  • Laura Gauer Bermudez
  • Lindsay Stark
  • Cyril Bennouna
  • Celina Jensen
  • Alina Potts
  • Inah Fatoumata Kaloga
  • Ricardo Tilus
  • Jean Emmanuel Buteau
  • Mendy Marshg
  • Anna Hoover
  • Megan Laughlin Williams
Published by Child Abuse & Neglect