Characteristics of women victims of sexual violence and abandonment of ambulatorial treatment follow-up

Abstract Background Sexual violence affects several segments of society and requires urgent action. Women are the main victims of this injury, that can generate countless implications. Thus, the role of health services is essential for coping with this problem and ensuring greater adherense to outpatient treatment. Objective The aim of this study was to analyze the characteristics of women victims of sexual violence and abandonment of ambulatorial treatment follow-up. Method This is a descriptive, retrospective analytical, quantitative study of 161 women's medical records attended at a referral service for sexual violence in Goiânia-GO, in 2015. Results Most women were adults (65.8%), residents in Goiânia (55.3%), employed (50.3%), high school graduates (30.4%), single (55,3%), browns (44.1%), heterosexuals (74.5%), without disabilities (85.1%). There was an association between the abandonment of ambulatorial follow-up and receipt of prophylaxis STD (p<0.001), immunoglobulin for hepatitis B (p=0.002), emergency contraception (p=0.010), initiate the antiretroviral regimen (p=0.003) and abandonment of follow-up after the first visit (p <0.001). There was significant between pregnant women victims and the completion of treatment (p <0.001). Conclusion It is concluded that when knowing the factors related to non-adherence for ambulatorial follow-up, new strategies should be developed by specialized services.