THE EXPERIENCE OF YOUTH VICTIMS OF PHYSICAL VIOLENCE ATTENDING A COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTRE: A PHENOMENOLOGICAL STUDY
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The Western Cape Province of South Africa has the worst multi-factorial crime problem in the country. It has the fastest growing crime rate in many crime categories, such as rape and gun-related incidents. The experiences of the youth after a violent physical incident are unclear. The purpose of this article is to describe the experiences of youth victims attending a community health centre in the Cape Flats. A phenomenological, exploratory, descriptive, and contextual design was followed in this study. This study explored and described the lived experiences of youth victims of physical violence in terms of the support they received in a natural setting at a community health centre in the Cape Flats. Purposive sampling was used for the study, and data saturation determined the size of the sample. Eight participants who visited a health care centre for followup treatment were selected. Data was analysed using Creswell's six steps of open coding. Main themes that emerged from the data analysis included: (1) violent incidents that had a negative impact on the participant; (2) participants applied defence mechanisms to deal with their trauma; (3) and participants experienced care and support either negatively or positively. A recommendation of this article is the implementation of an in-service training programme to the nurses who care for the youth after violent physical incidents.