Ciência & Saúde Coletiva
Print version ISSN 1413-8123
VIEIRA, Luiza Jane Eyre de Souza et al. Impact of violence on the health of families at Fortaleza, Ceará State. Ciênc. saúde coletiva [online]. 2009, vol.14, n.5, pp. 1773-1779. ISSN 1413-8123. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1413-81232009000500018.
The study describes the impact of the violence on the quality of life of the families, which were attended at the Relatives and Friends Violence Victims Association (ARFVV) in Fortaleza, Ceará State. The case study was accomplished among five mothers that were involved in a NGO on the battle against the violence. The semi-structured interview, the participation at the institution's meetings and the documental research were the data collecting techniques, being these last ones, submitted to the thematic analysis and discussed according to the literature and Letters of Health Promotion. The impacts caused by the violence comprise the physical, emotional and social family's health, cause changes on behavior between the members, and lead to the increasing of smoking, drinking, social isolation and exacerbate revolt feelings, vengeance and pessimism. The NGO's work has been important to support the families on the conflicts overcoming, health familiar restoration, redeeming the self-expectation, the hope on the justice and social mobility. The health of families' victims from violence is affected on the biological, emotional and social aspects, favoring the process of sickness. These have appealed to the support from NGOs to transform the "victim condition" - violence hostage to the "responsible citizenship" - guardians of peace on the battle against the urban violence.
Keywords : Violence; Health; Family; NGO.