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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 Thursday, 25 September 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

    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
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