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FIELD REPORT
Year : 2019  |  Volume : 17  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 238-242

The role of psychosocial support in coping with incidents of gender-based violence among Rohingya refugees


1 BA, GBV Program Manager, DanChurchAid, Jolpori, Block A, Plot 29, Kolatoli Residential Area, Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh
2 MPsyc, GBV Coordinator, DanChurchAid, Jolpori, Block A, Plot 29, Kolatoli Residential Area, Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh
3 BSc, Women and Girls Safe Space Team Leader, DanChurchAid, Jolpori, Block A, Plot 29, Kolatoli Residential Area, Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh

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Dhahabu Ibrahim Shair
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DOI: 10.4103/INTV.INTV_16_19

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Gender-based violence (GBV) remains a significant risk and everyday reality for Rohingya women and girls displaced in Cox’s Bazar district, Bangladesh. Women and girls face challenges in securing their safety, accessing information and services and negotiating decision-making. Restrictions on movement, cultural and social norms, low literacy and numeracy and reduced community and legal protections increase women and girls’ exposure to GBV. The current camp situation in combination with their experiences in Myanmar contribute to increased vulnerability to GBV. The aim of this paper is to highlight the role of psychosocial support in coping with incidents of GBV among the Rohingya refugees by exploring two particular cases. DanChurchAid (DCA) have found that useful approaches in this context have included the use of basic techniques for relaxation to help promote calmness in moments of anxiety and panic, plus reinforcement of positive coping strategies such as prayers, spending time with trusted people and engaging in productive activities (e.g., life skills training). This engagement has enabled Rohingya survivors of GBV to build relationships with other women, feel more relaxed and confident and able to respond effectively to issues affecting their lives.


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