Men, gender violence and comprehensive health care

This paper concerns gendered violence in relation to healthcare. Its focus is to examine the discourse of healthcare professionals who work to prevent, confront and assist in cases of violence against women, about the possibility of attending to male perpetrators of violence in the public health system (Sistema Único de Saúde - SUS). Our methodological resources consisted of observations and semi-structured interviews with 55 health professionals from 38 services and entities concerned with the prevention, treatment and management of intra-familial and domestic violence in the city of Recife (NE, Brazil). We analysed discursive repertories and discursive matrix, based on the constructionism approach. From the analysis of these interviews, we sought to reflect on the alternatives of attending to male perpetrators of violence, considering events, conditions and the issue of the place of this attendance within the strategies for transformation of practices which sustain gendered violence.

violence; gender; integrality; masculinities; constructionism


Associação Brasileira de Psicologia Social Programa de Pós-graduação em Psicologia, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Centro de Filosofia e Ciências Humanas (CFCH), Av. da Arquitetura S/N - 7º Andar - Cidade Universitária, Recife - PE - CEP: 50740-550 - Belo Horizonte - MG - Brazil
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