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La prise en charge des victimes d’agression sexuelle au CAUVA : une urgence psychologique

Elsevier Masson SAS
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DOI: 10.1016/j.medleg.2010.02.005
  • Centre D’Accueil En Urgence Des Victimes D’Agression
  • Accueil Et Prise En Charge Psychologique Des Victimes
  • Agression Sexuelle
  • Dispositif Médico-Psycholégal
  • Medical Unit For Harassment Victims
  • Social And Psychological Help
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Forensic Medical And Psychological Center
  • Biology
  • Criminology
  • Medicine
  • Psychology


Summary Bordeaux Hospital Center hosts a forensic medical unit that was purposely created to watch over victims of harassment. This unique structure named CAUVA, 1 1 CAUVA : French acronym for centre d’accueil en urgence de victimes d’agression, which can translate as Medical Unit for Harassment Victims. first allows social, psychological, and medical support, and ensure the best care for victims as fast as possible; second, the CNIL 2 2 CNIL : French acronym for Commision nationale de l’informatique et des Libertés, which is a French independent authority protecting data privacy. authorized the development of a specific software to build up an epidemiologic descriptive database used for improving the quality of better support. The following paper aims to present the trauma of harassment, what is accepted and what defines it, from a victim's point of view. It then emphasized the extent of psychological help, provided within this dedicated forensic medical center, to victims of violence and more precisely sexual harassment.

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