Experiences of Gender-Based Violence Among Disabled Women: A Qualitative Systematic Review and Meta-Synthesis Protocol

Goulden, Ami-Lynn and Baird, Stephanie L. and Romme, Kristen and Pacheco, Laura and Norris, Sarah E. and Norris, Deorah and Faye, Lisa M. and MacNeil, Sierra and Pittman, Joshua (2023) Experiences of Gender-Based Violence Among Disabled Women: A Qualitative Systematic Review and Meta-Synthesis Protocol. International Journal of Qualitative Methods, 22. ISSN 1609-4069

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Background Gender-based violence (GBV) is a major public health concern and a human rights issue disproportionately affecting disabled women. Disabled women are twice as likely to experience GBV than nondisabled women, yet there has been a lack of attention to this issue. This review aims to gain a greater understanding of the experiences of GBV of disabled women through a systematic and qualitative meta-synthesis. The qualitative meta-synthesis will be conducted by a research team of academic and community members and students with varying lived and service provider experiences with disabilities and GBV. The study findings aim to promote best practices by offering solutions to increase accessible and inclusive resources and services responsive to disabled women. Methods A systematic review of qualitative studies will be performed based on searches of 12 academic databases, including MEDLINE (Ovid), APA PsycINFO (EBSCO), Sociological Abstracts (ProQuest), Social Services Abstracts (ProQuest), and SocINDEX (EBSCO). A search of the gray literature will be performed by searching the Google search engine, Google Scholar, the Community Health Online Digital Archive and Research Resource (CHODARR), and the Global Database on Violence Against Women. In addition to the database and gray literature searching, we will complete backward and forward citation tracing. Two research team members will be involved in all screening, review, data extraction, and quality assessment of studies. A third reviewer will resolve any disagreements and consult with the research team. Thematic synthesis steps will include becoming familiar with the data, developing a thematic framework, indexing the data to identify themes and codes, charting the data, and mapping and interpreting the data. The Critical Appraisal Skills Programme checklist will be used to appraise the quality of included studies. Confidence in the meta-synthesis findings will be assessed by applying the GRADECERQual approach. Review Registration This protocol is registered with the International Prospective Register of Systematic Reviews (PROSPERO): CRD42023400410.

Item Type: Article
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/16202
Item ID: 16202
Additional Information: Memorial University Open Access Author's Fund
Keywords: disability, illness, women, gender-based violence, trauma, qualitative meta-synthesis, qualitative research
Department(s): Social Work, School of
Date: 13 June 2023
Date Type: Publication
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): https://doi.org/10.1177/16094069231183763
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