Sexual violence

Within this line of research, the 'Obstetrics Research Group' researches the global impact of sexual violence.

In October 2017, 3 Care Centres after Sexual Violence were opened in Belgium (Ghent, Brussels and Liège). Meanwhile, these 3 Care Centres have been perpetuated and the government is expanding to other provinces.

Research projects

Evaluation of the implementation, acceptability and outcome of the Belgian Care Centres after Sexual Violence from the perspective of the patients, their support figures, the health workers and the other cooperation partners


Better understanding of the mechanisms, nature, prevalence and effect of sexual violence in women, men and transgender people of different sexual orientations and legal statuses in Belgium


Conceptualizing a sensitive care for sexual and gender minorities in the Belgian Care Centres after Sexual Violence: from theory to guidelines


Addressing intimate partner violence: implications for medical curricula in Mozambique


Female victims of domestic violence in Maputo Cidade and the provinces of Zambéziac (Mozambique)


This line of research is financed by FPS Belspo.


By devising and implementing scientific research, there is cooperation between many actors, including:

  • Prof. Ines Keygnaert, member of ICRH - International Centre for Reproductive Health, research group and a multidisciplinary centre within the Department of Public Health and Primary Care, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Ghent University
  • Prof. Guy T'Sjoen (department of Internal Diseases and Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine)
  • Prof. Tom Vanderbeken (Faculty of Law and Criminology, Ghent University)
  • Prof. Martin Valcke (department Educational Science, Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, Ghent University)

In addition, there are also collaborations abroad: with faculties and with foreign researchers in the same domain (Germany, Mozambique ..).



  • Saar Baert, PhD student