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Violence and Injuries Prevention

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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Last Updated on Thursday, 19 December 2013 15:41
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PALTEX mental health manual for primary care workers– Chapter 6 ‘Domestic Violence'

This chapter on domestic violence comes from the "The mental health manual for primary care workers", distributed by PAHO's Expanded Textbook and Instructional Materials Program (PALTEX).  It offers a synthesis of the principal practical elements required for primary care workers to address intimate partner violence. It is only available in Spanish at this time.

 

icon PALTEX Manual de salud mental para trabajadores de atención primaria – Capítulo 6 ‘Violencia Doméstica’

Last Updated on Monday, 07 April 2014 08:42

Violence Against Women in Latin America and the Caribbean: A Comparative Analysis of Population-Based Data from 12 Countries

This report, produced by the Pan American Health Organization, in collaboration with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, highlights that intimate partner and sexual violence against women is widespread in all Latin American and the Caribbean countries where survey data are available.

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Last Updated on Friday, 28 February 2014 14:52
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