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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.

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

Last Updated on Monday, 24 November 2014 09:19

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

    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.



    Last Updated on Thursday, 04 December 2014 12:43

    16 Ideas for addressing violence against women in the context of the HIV epidemic: A programming tool

    About the tool

    The programming tool provides evidence-summaries for 16 programming approaches for preventing and responding to violence against women in the context of the HIV epidemic.

    The tool is aimed at

    - policy-makers;
    - managers of national HIV programmes from relevant line ministries;
    - donors;
    - national and international nongovernmental organizations and community-based organizations;
    - UN agencies and programmes; and
    - institutions conducting intervention research and providing technical support for violence against women and HIV programmes


    Four areas where changes needs to happen

    1. empowerment of women through integrated, multi-sectoral approaches;
    2. transforming social and cultural norms related to gender;
    3. integrating violence against women and HIV services; and
    4. promoting and implementing laws and policies related to violence against women, gender equality and HIV

    A key feature of this tool is an inter-active programming wheel that summarizes the 16 ideas and the core values that must guide all programming on violence against women.


    Download the full document here

    Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 February 2014 14:46

    Understanding the use of violence by men against women: results from the IMAGES survey in Brazil, Chile and Mexico

    A growing social and political concern that has guided several studies in the field of masculinities relates to why men in Latin America (and globally) are the majority of perpetrators of violent acts that endanger women, children and other men. Masculine socialization and rigid norms of traditional masculinities, among other factors, promote and sustain violence in social, occupational, familial and relationship contexts. In certain contexts, like gangs or peer groups, many of these behaviors and practices reinforce masculine violence patterns. Men’s violence is also associated with other negative behaviors, such as alcohol or the use of weapons, that facilitate or potentiate violence (WHO, 2003). 

    Violence against women is a prevalent form of masculine violence, affecting 1 out of every 3 women globally. In this document, authors use data from the “International Men and Gender Equality Survey” (IMAGES) from Brazil, Chile and Mexico to explore the risk factors associated with men’s use of violence against women.  The objective of this publication is to facilitate access to regionally-specific data on violence against women in the region of Latin America in order to advance evidence-based strategies to prevent and address violence against women in the region.

    icon Comprendiendo el ejercicio de violencia de los hombres hacia las mujeres: algunos resultados de la encuesta IMAGES Brasil, Chile y México

    Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 February 2014 17:19
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