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"Next, it will be you": Women's Fear of Victimization and Precautionary Safety Behaviors in Informal Settlement Communities in Nairobi, Kenya.

Authors
  • Winter, Samantha C1
  • Aguilar, Nathan J1
  • Obara, Lena M2
  • Johnson, Laura3
  • 1 School of Social Work, 5798Columbia University, New York, NY, USA.
  • 2 School of Social Work, 242612Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, NJ, USA. , (Jersey)
  • 3 School of Social Work, 16043Temple University, Philadelphia, USA.
Type
Published Article
Journal
Violence against women
Publication Date
Oct 01, 2022
Volume
28
Issue
12-13
Pages
2966–2991
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1177/10778012211045718
PMID: 34859703
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

Around one billion people live in informal settlements globally, including over half of Nairobi, Kenya's 3 million residents. The purpose of this study was to explore women's fear of victimization within Mathare, an informal settlement in Nairobi, Kenya and how fear of victimization influences women's behaviors. Fifty-five in-depth interviews were conducted with women in 2015-2016. A modified grounded theory approach guided data collection and analysis. Findings suggest fear of victimization is a serious concern in informal settlements, but women have found ways to adapt their behaviors to cope and to continue to function and protect their children despite fearing victimization.

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