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Domestic violence surveillance system: a model
2006-2010, North America, Women's Health

Objective. To develop a domestic violence surveillance system. Material and Methods. The strategies included implementation of a standard digitalized reporting and analysis system along with advocacy with community decision makers, strengthening inter-institutional attention networks, consultation for constructing internal flow charts, sensitizing and training network teams in charge of providing health care in cases of domestic violence and supporting improved public policy prevention initiatives. Results. A total of 6 893 cases were observed using 2004 and 2005 surveillance system data.
The system reports that 80% of the affected were women, followed by 36% children under 14 years. The identified aggressors were mainly females’ partners. The system was useful for improving victim services. Conclusions. Findings indicate that significant gains were made in facilitating the attention and treatment of victims of domestic violence, improving the procedural response process and enhancing the quality of information provided to policy-making bodies

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