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 Violence against Women: The Health Sector Responds provides a strategy for addressing this complex problem and concrete approaches for carrying it out, not only for those on the front lines attending to the women who live with violence, but also for the decision-makers who may incorporate the lessons in the development of policies and resources.

Chapter One gives an overview of why gender-based violence is a public health problem. Chapters Two and Three discuss the development, implementation and achievements of PAHO's integrated strategy for Addressing GBV, starting with how the "Critical Path" study helped define the strategy.

In the next four chapters of Section II, PATH presents the strategy's application and its "Lessons Learned" at the macro, or political, level (Chapter Four), within the helath sector (Chapter Five), in the clinic (Chapter Six), and beyond the clinic to the community at large (Chapter Seven). The World Health Organization contributed the final chapter (Chapter Eight), which offers a more global perspective on how the lessons learned and the integrated strategy may be applied in other communities around the world.


  • Introduction

  • Section I. The Health Sector Responds to Gender-Based Violence
  • Chapter One - Gender-Based Violence: a Public Health and Human Rights Problem
  • Chapter Two - The “Critical Path” Studies: From Research to Action
  • Chapter Three - Joining Forces to Address Gender-Based Violence in the Americas

  • Section II. Lessons Learned from Central America
  • Chapter Four - Policy and Legal Reforms on Gender-Based Violence
  • Chapter Five - The Health Sector: Building an Integrated Approach
  • Chapter Six - What Happens at the Clinic?
  • Chapter Seven - Beyond the Clinic: Violence Prevention with Other Community Partner
  • Chapter Eight - Global Implications: The PAHO Approach to Gender-Based Violence

  • GBV Resources Section

  • Bibliography and References

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