Girls and Young Women Living in the Slums of Kampala: Prevalence and Correlates of Physical and Sexual Violence Victimization

Monica H. Swahn, Le Conté J. Dill, Jane B. Palmier, Rogers Kasirye

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Abstract

This study determined the prevalence and correlates of victimization among girls and young women in Kampala. The study population, a convenience sample of youth living in the slums, were 14 to 24 years of age, and participants in community-based drop-in centers (N = 313). Overall, the prevalence of physical fights (37%), being threatened or injured with a weapon (28%), and being raped (30%) was high and increased with age. Multivariate analyses revealed that sadness, drunkenness, and hunger were associated with multiple forms of victimization. Findings suggest that additional services are needed to address the cumulative impact of victimizations, depression, and living conditions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalSAGE Open
Volume5
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2015

Keywords

  • Africa
  • Uganda
  • gender-based violence
  • girls
  • physical violence
  • sexual violence
  • slums
  • victimization
  • vulnerable
  • women

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities(all)
  • Social Sciences(all)

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