Ms Elke Wuyts
Since December 2020, Elke has been working as a scientific assistant on the study of the effects of the COVID-19 measures on relationships, stress and aggression in Belgian households.
After her education in Biomedical Sciences, Elke decided to go deeper into health care and followed a Health Care Management and Policy education. Within this second master, she has had the opportunity to focus her thesis on sexual and reproductive health. Elke has therefore decided to continue this in her current job.
Projects of Elke
ENABEL & LUXDEV SEA
The Belgian development cooperation Enabel and the one of Luxemburg LuxDev aim to prevent and respond to sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA) and have appointed focal points to implement these SEA policies in each of their partner countries. In order to guide the agencies in their development and implementation of SEA policies as well as to train their focal points well in acting as professional persons of trust that can adequately welcome and accompany victims of SEA.
Project ongoing Interpersonal violence Epidemiological modeling
Relationships, Stress and Aggression during the COVID-19 crisis in Belgium (RSA)
To contain the COVID-19 pandemic, governments worldwide restricted social and physical contact by issuing lockdown and social-distancing measures. Already a few weeks after the first COVID-19 realted lockdown being issued in Belgium in March 2020, Prof Keygnaert (UGent-ICHR) and Prof Vandeviver (UGent-IRCP) set up a study on Relationships, Stress and Aggression (RSA) in times of COVID-19 crisis in Belgium. This longitudinal self-reporting study was stopped in July 2020 and got lots of attention as it demonstrated high levels of stress, rather unhealthy ways of coping and a lot of domestic violence occurring in Belgian households.