Prevalence and structural correlates of gender based violence among a prospective cohort of female sex workers

This study examined the prevalence and structural correlates of gender based violence against female sex workers in an environment of criminalised prostitution in Canada. The results demonstrate an alarming prevalence of gender based violence against female sex workers. The structural factors of criminalisation, homelessness, and poor availability of drug treatment independently correlated with gender based violence against street based female sex workers.

Socio-legal policy reforms, improved access to housing and drug treatment, and scale up of violence prevention efforts, including police-sex worker partnerships, will be crucial to stemming violence against female sex workers.

Author: 
Kate Shannon
Author: 
T Kerr
Author: 
S A Strathdee
Author: 
J Shoveller
Author: 
J S Montaner
Author: 
M W Tyndall
Publisher: 
British Medical Journal
Published: 
2009
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