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Violence and Injuries Prevention

Violence against women and against children: PAHO/WHO's key areas for action

PAHO/WHO has a long history of working to improve prevention of and response to violence against women and violence against children. Below are four priority areas for violence prevention in the region:

    Improving the scope, quality, dissemination and use of data on violence against women and violence against children for evidence-based policy and programming.

    Strengthening capacity for preventing violence against women and children.

    Improving the health sector response to violence against women and violence against children.

    Supporting the development and revision of national policies and plans on violence prevention and response including specific policies and plans for addressing violence against women.

    Violence against women and violence against children: PAHO/WHOs key areas for action

    Last Updated on Friday, 07 November 2014 09:58

    Health care for women subjected to intimate partner violence or sexual violence: A clinical handbook

    When providing first-line support to a woman who has been subjected to violence, 4 kinds of needs deserve attention: immediate emotional/psychological health needs, immediate physical health needs, ongoing safety needs, and ongoing support and mental health needs. There are simple ways that every health-care provider – including those who are not specialists – can assist a woman subjected to violence. This can be very important to her health. This handbook offers easy steps and suggestions to help you provide that care.

    Last Updated on Friday, 21 November 2014 09:28

    Responding to intimate partner violence and sexual violence against women: WHO clinical and policy guidelines

    A health-care provider is likely to be the first professional contact for survivors of intimate partner violence or sexual assault. Evidence suggests that women who have been subjected to violence seek health care more often than non-abused women, even if they do not disclose the associated violence. They also identify health-care providers as the professionals they would most trust with disclosure of abuse.

    These guidelines are an unprecedented effort to equip healthcare providers with evidence-based guidance as to how to respond to intimate partner violence and sexual violence against women.

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    Guidelines for health sector response

    Health-care worker intervention

    Global picture health response

    Available in Spanish here.

    Last Updated on Monday, 06 October 2014 13:28
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