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Understanding How Solidarity Groups-A Community-Based Economic and Psychosocial Support Intervention-Can Affect Mental Health for Survivors of Conflict-Related Sexual Violence in Democratic Republic of the Congo

TitleUnderstanding How Solidarity Groups-A Community-Based Economic and Psychosocial Support Intervention-Can Affect Mental Health for Survivors of Conflict-Related Sexual Violence in Democratic Republic of the Congo
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsKoegler, E, Kennedy, C, Mrindi, J, Bachunguye, R, Winch, P, Ramazani, P, Makambo, MT, Glass, N
JournalViolence Against Women
Pagination1077801218778378
Date PublishedJun 1
ISBN Number1077-8012
Accession Number29911487
Keywordscommunity-based, Conflict, Democratic Republic of Congo, Intervention, sexual violence
Abstract

Solidarity groups were established in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo to provide female survivors of conflict-related sexual violence an opportunity to generate income, establish networks of support, and cope with atrocities. Qualitative data were collected from 12 members of solidarity groups to explore factors that contributed to members' mental health. All women identified some improvement (physiological, psychological, economic, or social) since joining the solidarity group, but none of the women were free from ailments. Our findings suggest that a multifaceted intervention in women's own communities has the potential to improve multiple aspects of women's lives, including mental health.