Understanding the Types and Extent of Violence Experienced by Female Sex Workers in La Romana, Dominican Republic

There is a high burden of both workplace and intimate partner violence against sex workers around the world. Gender-based violence against sex work populations has been associated with unprotected sex and an increased prevalence of HIV and sexually transmitted infections. Due to this connection, researchers worldwide have recognized the importance of examining the type and extent of violence experienced by sex workers. While the negative effects of gender-based violence have been studied extensively in the general population, there is still much to learn about the prevalence and determinants of violence against sex workers.

This cross-sectional study aims to estimate the prevalence of both workplace and intimate partner violence against female sex workers in La Romana, Dominican Republic, and to understand the most common types of violence, the perpetrators, and the factors that are associated with experiencing violence among this population.


Silvia Cunto-Amesty


Dominican Republic (La Romana)

Areas of Focus

  • Access to Health Care
  • Gender, Sexuality, and LGBTQ Health
  • Health Care Discrimination
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Mental Health
  • Sexual Health
  • Violence and Health
  • Women's Health