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Mäns våld mot kvinnor - en pågående pandemi: En kvalitativ studie om socialarbetares upplevelser av att arbeta med våldsutsatta kvinnor under Covid-19 pandemin
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Social and Psychological Studies (from 2013).
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Social and Psychological Studies (from 2013).
2023 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Domestic violence against women - an ongoing pandemic : A qualitative study on social workers' experiences of working with abused women during Covid-19 pandemic (English)
Abstract [sv]

Syftet med uppsatsen är att undersöka socialarbetares uppfattning om hur Covid-19 pandemin påverkat arbetssättet med våldsutsatta kvinnor. Vidare är syftet att undersöka hur pandemin, utifrån de professionellas uppfattning, har påverkat kvinnors levnadssituation samt möjlighet att söka hjälp och stöd under Covid-19 pandemin. Studien bygger på kvalitativ forskning genom fem semistrukturerade intervjuer. Intervjuerna har genomförts med socialarbetare från varierande arbetsplatser runt om i Sverige. Vi valde att använda oss av kvalitativ innehållsanalys för att analysera den insamlade datan. Det teoretiska ramverket bygger på det feministiska perspektivet samt begreppet handlingsutrymme. Resultatet av studien visade att isoleringen medfört nya arbetssätt i form av digitalisering som i sin tur har medfört både positiva och negativa konsekvenser för socialarbetare såväl som för de våldsutsatta kvinnorna. Digitaliseringen medförde brister i de yrkesverksammas handlingsutrymme avseende den mänskliga interaktionen i det dagliga arbetet. Vidare så uppfattade socialarbetare att våldets karaktär förändrades under Covid-19 samt att det blev svårare för kvinnor att söka stöd och hjälp till följd av isoleringen. Slutligen visade studien att isoleringen har påverkat våldsutsatta kvinnors levnadssituation till det sämre då de under pandemin hamnade i en mer sårbar situation och blev i större utsträckning kontrollerad av våldsutövaren. Även om vi inte kan generalisera resultatet till en större skala anser vi att det är av vikt för framtida forskning att belysa den problematik en pandemi kan orsaka för våldsutsatta kvinnor. 

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The purpose of this paper is to investigate social workers' perceptions of how the Covid-19 pandemic has affected their work with women who have experienced violence. Furthermore, the aim is to examine how the pandemic, according to the professionals' perceptions, has impacted women's living situations and their ability to seek help and support during the Covid-19 pandemic. The study is based on qualitative research through five semi-structured interviews. The interviews have been conducted with social workers from various workplaces around Sweden. We chose to use qualitative content analysis to analyze the collected data. The theoretical framework is based on the feminist perspective and the concept of room for action. The results of the study showed that the isolation led to new ways of working in the form of digitization, which in turn led to both positive and negative consequences for social workers as well as for abused women. Digitization led to deficiencies in the professionals' room for action regarding human interaction in daily work. Furthermore, social workers perceived that the nature of violence changed during Covid-19 and that it became more difficult for women to seek support and help as a result of the isolation. Finally, the study showed that the isolation has affected the living situation of women exposed to violence for the worse as during the pandemic they ended up in a more vulnerable situation and were controlled to a greater extent by the perpetrator. Although we cannot generalize the results to a larger scale, we consider it important for future research to shed light on the problems a pandemic can cause for women exposed to violence.

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2023. , p. 45
Keywords [sv]
Covid-19 pandemin, isolering, socialarbetare, våld i nära relation.
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Social Work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-94647OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-94647DiVA, id: diva2:1756684
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Social Work
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Bachelor of Science in Social Work (210 ECTS credits)
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Available from: 2023-05-15 Created: 2023-05-13 Last updated: 2023-05-15Bibliographically approved

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