The health system has a vital role to play in responding to and preventing violence against women, and very often, health personnel are the frontline of the response.
When health workers can identify at-risk groups early, provide them with quality care, and tailor support to their specific needs and preferences, they make a big difference in the health and well-being of women and girls in all their diversity. Therefore, it is critical that health personnel are trained in what it means to provide a quality response, including frontline support (LIVES).
That is why PAHO has developed a series of resources to strengthen the capacity of healthcare personnel to identify violence and frontline support. These resources respond directly to the needs of the countries of the Americas and are aligned with the priorities of the Strategy and Plan of Action on Strengthening the Health System to Address Violence against Women 2015-2025.
PAHO gratefully acknowledges the financial support from Canada.
Clinical management of rape and intimate partner violence survivors: developing protocols for use in humanitarian settings
With support from Canada, PAHO is working on a new virtual course on health care for women subjected to intimate partner violence or sexual violence. It will be adapted to the English-speaking Caribbean region, and is taught in self-study mode. It will become available in the PAHO Virtual Campus for Public Health by mid-2023. Registration will be free.
Meanwhile, you may be interested in accessing the Spanish virtual course on the clinical management of sexual violence and intimate partner violence, developed by PAHO and UNFPA under the Spotlight Initiative for Latin America. The course is self-paced, and registration is free.
The course will be available in English by mid-2023, meanwhile you can access the Spanish version:
3.-Inquire about her needs and concerns
4.- Enhance Safety
Groups in situations of vulnerability
See below three exercises to address the following aspects: Referral network, Identification and LIVES, and Decision making.
By clicking on each button a new tab will open in which you can access the interactive tool. Please feel free to use these tools in your own trainings.
Warm referral is a critical step in supporting survivors of violence.
Click on the interactive video to learn more about help-seeking and referral to essential support services from the perspective of the survivor.
Would you like to test your understanding of how to identify survivors of violence and provide them with first-line support?
Click on the interactive video to experiment with some case examples related to identification and first-line support
Health workers can make an important difference to survivors if they understand and respond to the woman’s concerns and needs. When training health workers, it is often useful to imagine walking in the shoes of the survivor.
Click on the above interactive video to learn more about and experience the survivor’s perspective. This online tool was inspired by the training exercise “In her shoes” by Raising Voices.