Study published: Trauma-informed care for women who are forced migrants


A recent study published in Scandinavian Journal of Public Health examined service providers’ perspectives on trauma-informed care for women who are forced migrants in Sweden. The study highlights the challenges faced by these women, including exposure to gender-based violence and abuse within patriarchal structures.

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Forced migrant women

Forced migration severely affects the health and wellbeing of millions each year, and women face unique challenges and risks. Women who are forced migrants often suffer psychological distress, somatic illnesses, post-traumatic stress disorder, and poor quality of life, highlighting the need for tailored support and trauma-informed care.

Exposed to gender-based violence

In this study, 32 service providers across six centres specializing in trauma-informed care for forced migrants were recruited. Focus group discussions with the service providers were transcribed and analyzed with systematic text condensation.

The analysis showed that the main risks for forced migrant women is exposure to gender-based violence and abuse within patriarchal structures. At the same time, the study participants also underscored remarkable resilience and strength among forced migrant women. While trauma care was seen as having the potential to improve the health of many women, study participants expressed that there is room for improvement in terms of professionals' opportunities for skill development and improving women's access to support.

Women’s need to adapted support

The authors stress the need to improve the support for women within services providing trauma-informed care for forced migrants. They suggest that service providers take into account the specific factors affecting women's ability to access and utilize trauma-informed care. Finally, they recommend development of information campaigns, competence enhancement among service providers, and efforts to make specialized care more accessible and adapted to women's needs.

Read the full paper ‘Trauma-informed care for women who are forced migrants: a qualitative study among service providers’. It is written by Linda Jolof, Patricia Rocca, and Tommy Carlsson.

Miro Anter

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Last modified: 2023-03-24