Ms Ines Keygnaert

Assistant Professor

Ines

Ines is Assistant Professor in Sexual and Reproductive Health at the International Centre for Reproductive Health, Department of Public Health and Primary Care at the Ghent University. She is also the Team Leader of the "Gender & Violence" Team, focusing on violence prevention & response, sexual and reproductive health rights' violations, and on gender and sexual health promotion in vulnerable populations.

On behalf of the Belgian government, Ines developed, piloted and evaluated the first three Belgian Sexual Assault Care Centres. She also coordinates the first gender- and age-sensitive sexual violence prevalence study in Belgium (UN-MENAMAIS), as well as the thematic working group on Gender, Rights and Interpersonal Violence of the ANSER network. In addition, she is founding member of the Centre for Social Studies on Migration and Refugees (CESSMIR), member of the Commission on Sexual Violence as well as member of the Commission on Human Rights of Ghent University.

Ines is involved in different (inter)national research projects on holistic care for victims of violence, on sexual and gender-based violence prevention and response, on migrant health and acceptability of care in vulnerable groups. She developed clinical guidelines, violence prevention tools and training programs for many different settings and regularly provides consultancies for UN organisations and several governments. Furthermore, Ines is lecturing and providing day-to-day assistance and supervision to several PhD-fellows and master students. As an acknowledged expert, she is frequently asked by oral and written press to explain scientific evidence on above mentioned topics to the general public.

Publications of Ines

2020 Onderzoek naar Relaties, Stress en Aggressie (RSA) ten tijde van COVID-19 in België—Eerste resultaten mei 2020

Lotte De Schrijver, Ines Keygnaert, Anne Nobels

2020 Relaties, Stress en Agressie in tijden van corona in België: Voornaamste bevindingen over de eerste vier weken van de coronamaatregelen - Rapport 1: 13 mei 2020

Lotte De Schrijver, Ines Keygnaert, Anne Nobels

2020 Relations, Stress et Agressivité en période de corona en Belgique: Principaux résultats des quatre premières semaines des mesures sanitaires prises pour lutter contre le coronavirus – Rapport 1: le 13 mai 2020

Lotte De Schrijver, Ines Keygnaert, Anne Nobels

2020 Slachtofferschap van geweld tijdens de COVID-19-lockdown in België: Eerste resultaten van een lopend nationaal cohorteonderzoek

Lotte De Schrijver, Ines Keygnaert, Anne Nobels

2020 Prevalence and Nature of Sexual Violence in Older Adults in Europe: A Critical Interpretive Synthesis of Evidence

Ines Keygnaert, Anne Nobels

2020 “Too Grey to Be True?” Sexual Violence in Older Adults: A Critical Interpretive Synthesis of Evidence

Ines Keygnaert, Anne Nobels

2020 Big boys don’t cry : a critical interpretive synthesis of male sexual victimization

Ines Keygnaert

2020 Medical curricula on intimate partner violence in Mozambique

Ines Keygnaert

2020 Separating newcomers : pragmatism or ideology? Schools’ responses to newly arrived migrants in Flanders

Ines Keygnaert

2019 A theory-driven evaluation of Belgian sexual assault care centers

Saar Baert, Ines Keygnaert

2019 Piloting sexual assault care centers in Belgium : who do they reach and what care is offered?

Saar Baert, Ines Keygnaert

2019 Piloting sexual assault care centers in Belgium : who do they reach and what care is offered?

Saar Baert, Ines Keygnaert

2019 Rapport d’évaluation scientifique du projet-pilote des Centres de Prise en charge des Violences Sexuelles.

Saar Baert, Ines Keygnaert

2019 Reducing barriers to report sexual victimisation to the police by providing care first : results of the Belgian Sexual Assault Care Centers’ pilot

Saar Baert, Ines Keygnaert

2019 Wetenschappelijk evaluatierapport pilootproject Zorgcentra na Seksueel Geweld

Saar Baert, Ines Keygnaert

2019 Sexual violence in older adults : results of a pilot study

Ines Keygnaert, Anne Nobels

2019 The right to health : from citizen's right to human right (and back)

Ines Keygnaert

2019 Conceptualizing sexual and gender-based violence in European asylum reception centers

Ines Keygnaert

2019 Current care for victims of sexual violence and future sexual assault care centres in Belgium : the perspective of victims

Ines Keygnaert

2019 Depraetere et al - Critical interpretive synthesis: An assessment of reporting practices

Ines Keygnaert

Projects of Ines

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) Cervical cancer and HPV

ELEVATE: EarLy dEtection of cerVical cAncer in hard-to-reach populations of women through portable and point-of-care HPV TEsting

The ELEVATE consortium wants to empower women to screen for their cervical cancer risk in any setting while guaranteeing rapid and easy-to-understand results


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Interpersonal violence

UN-MENAMAIS: Understanding Mechanisms, Nature, Magnitude and Impact of Sexual Violence in Belgium

The UN-MENAMAIS research aims at a better understanding of the mechanisms, nature, magnitude and impact of sexual violence in Belgium.


Project ongoing
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HIV & AIDS Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) Adolescent and youth health Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) Interpersonal violence Mother and child health Reproductive rights Family planning and contraception Gender Migrant health Policy analysis

Academic network for sexual and reproductive health and rights policy (ANSER)

Ghent University established an Academic Network for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Policy that aims to become a global resource for SRHR policy research, education and service delivery by establishing an international platform for research on SRHR policy related topics; by developing a portfolio of education and training programmes on SRHR policy; and by fostering interaction between SRHR researchers and policy makers.


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Interpersonal violence

Chatline for victims of sexual violence and their support figures: development and pilot study

This project aims to make aid as accessible as possible to victims of sexual violence and their support figures. In a first phase the feasibility of a phone- and chatline was researched and a model was developed. Subsequently, the piloting of the chatline model was requested by the Belgian government. The piloting consists of two main parts. The first part holds the launching of a chat service for victims of sexual assault and their support figures. The chat service was launched on April 10th 2019 and aims to bring victims of sexual violence in touch with a SACC or other specialized caregivers.


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Interpersonal violence

The Belgian Sexual Assault Care Centres: from piloting to evaluation

Subsequent to ICRH’s feasibility study on the development and validation of a model of holistic care for victims of sexual violence in Belgium, the Federal State Secretary of Equality assigned ICRH to pilot and evaluate Sexual Assault Care Centres (SACC) in Ghent, Brussels and Liège.


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Interpersonal violence

Access to health care for undocumented migrants in Belgium: SWOT analysis of the procedure of urgent medical aid

This project aimed at providing an in-depth analysis of the current practice of Urgent Medical Aid (UMA) for Undocumented Migrants (UM) in Belgium.


Project closed
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Interpersonal violence

Feasibility & Desirability study of Sexual Assault Reference Centres in the Province of Eastern Flanders

This small scale study aimed at assessing the desirability and feasibility of applying ‘sexual assault reference centres’ among the hospitals in the Province of Eastern Flanders that dispose of an emergency care unit and the possibility to conduct medical forensic activities. All 14 hospitals that match those inclusion criteria were invited to participate in the study.


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Interpersonal violence

Addressing interpersonal violence in Belgian hospitals

This project aims to sensitize and train health workers in Belgian hospitals in addressing, assisting and referring patients in interpersonal violence situations adequately. However, due to budgetary restrictions, the different project pathways had to be altered offering only advanced trainings and protocol development coaching to hospitals already included in the project in the previous year (2010-2011).


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Interpersonal violence

Seminar ‘Prevention of sexual & Gender-based Violence in the European Reception & Asylum Sector’: 10 September in Brussels

Within the European reception facilities; asylum seekers, unaccompanied minors as well professionals reveal to be vulnerable to sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV). Yet, no specific prevention tools, codes of conduct nor standard operating procedures in prevention and response of SGBV in this sector exist.


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Interpersonal violence

Addressing Interpersonal Violence within a Hospital Context

This project aims to sensitize and train health workers in Belgian hospitals in addressing, assisting and referring patients in interpersonal violence situations adequately.


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Adolescent and youth health Interpersonal violence Reproductive rights

Frame of Reference in SGBV Prevention Against and Among Young Refugees, Asylum Seekers and Unaccompanied Minors in the European Reception & Asylum Sector (SENPERFORTO)

Applying a Community Based Participatory Research Approach, Senperforto aims to enhance the prevention of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) in the European Reception and Asylum sector by the development of a European Frame of Reference for Prevention of SGBV in this sector. In 2010 we first conducted a Knowledge, Attitude and Practice (KAP) Survey on SGBV experience, prevention and response among both professionals and young asylum seeking residents in different reception facilities in each of the 8 partner countries.


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Interpersonal violence

A participatory partnership for prevention of sexual violence against transmigrants in Morocco

Objectives: To research sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) against trans-migrants in Morocco who aimed or are still aiming at moving on to Europe, in a participatory way To raise awareness about SGBV against trans-migrants among different Moroccan and European stakeholders and the prevention needs and possibilities To empower trans-migrants in preventing SGBV


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Interpersonal violence

Hidden Worries

15 women acting as “network seeds” of which are: 3 undocumented migrant, 3 asylum seeking, 3 refugee, 3 migrant and 3 native women are trained on Sexual and Gender-based Violence, the importance and role of networking in prevention and taking photographs An intercultural network of at least 45 women sharing their experience with SGBV and their prevention needs An exhibition with 15 photographs covering the network of each network seed woman A world café with politicians and other stakeholders on SGBV and the prevention of it


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Interpersonal violence Reproductive rights

EN-HERA! The European Network for the Promotion of Sexual and Reproductive Health & Rights of Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Europe & beyond

Objectives To set up a network for the Promotion of the Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights of Refugees and Asylum Seekers among different stakeholders involved in SRH for refugees and asylum seekers To gradually expand the coverage by the network of the EU area to at least 13 EU Member States To develop a framework for the identification of good practices in SRH policy development for refugees and asylum seekers, SRH services for refugees and asylum seekers and participatory approach of SRH of refugees and asylum seekers To set a common research agenda on SRH of refugees and asylum seekers in the EU To organise an international seminar on SRH of refugees and asylum seekers in the EU To publish and disseminate the project results


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Interpersonal violence

Development of a prevention tool to combat violence against refugees in Europe: a participatory approach

Objectives: To research sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) against refugee women and girls in Europe in a participatory way To develop a prevention tool which can be used by refugees, asylum seekers and undocumented migrants in Europe To raise awareness about SGBV against refugees among the general European public To empower refugee women and girls and to involve men equally


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