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Violence and Injuries Prevention

Violence against Women in Latin America and the Caribbean: A public health problem of epidemic proportions

“Throughout the world, women are more likely than men to suffer violence and injuries by people who are close to them, like husbands and boyfriends.  In spite of the fact that violence against women is now included in many international agendas, the decision makers in Latin America should give greater priority to this issue, due to the prevalence of this type of violence and its negative consequences concerning health, economy and human rights.”

Understanding and Addressing Violence Against Women

    The information sheets in this series were jointly developed by the WHO and the Pan American Health Organization in order to summarize what is known about various aspects of violence against women with the aim of facilitating access to high quality data and promoting evidence-based policy and programs.  This series is aimed at program managers, practitioners, researchers, policy-makers and others working in a wide range of sectors and in every country. Some information sheets address specific forms of violence against women, while others address related health and social issues, such as HIV, intersections with child maltreatment, costs and consequences, and promising practices to address violence against women.

    icon Overview
    icon Intimate Partner Violence
    icon Sexual Violence
    icon Femicide
    icon Human Trafficking
    icon Female Genital Mutilation
    icon Health Consequences

Leer sobre/ descargar las hojas informativas en español aquí 


Last Updated on Monday, 13 January 2014 12:19

Violence Against Women Infographic

The WHO Department of Violence and Injury Prevention and Disability, and Department of Reproductive Health and Research, have prepared an infographic displaying the prevalence and health and social consequences of violence against women, and what the health sector can do to address this public health problem. The infographic is targeted at policy makers and professionals working in the health sector and other relevant sectors.




Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 January 2014 09:20
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