Place: Montego Bay, Jamaica.
Dates: May 28-31, 2019.

Jamaica Training Violence MAIN ok


Over the past few decades, the international community has increasingly recognized violence against women as a serious public health problem and a violation of human rights. One out of every three women in the Americas reports experiencing intimate partner or sexual violence by a non-partner at some point in their lives. Preventing violence and responding to survivors requires action from all sectors, and health services play a crucial role. As noted by the United Nations (UN) Secretary General’s in-depth study, health care providers are often the first professionals to have contact with women who experience violence. As a result, training health professionals is an essential part of addressing violence against women around the world. When health care providers are adequately trained to identify survivors and provide them with compassionate and effective care, they have the unique opportunity to prevent the re-occurrence of violence, mitigate negative consequences and break the cycle of violence.

General objective:

To prepare a cadre of trainers in the Caribbean who will be able to strengthen health care providers’ capacity to identify and provide care to survivors of violence.

Specific objectives include:

  1. to share the latest evidence available on the prevalence and health consequences of violence against women;
  2. to enable Caribbean countries to exchange experiences and lessons learned in preventing and responding to violence against women, particularly within health systems;
  3. to enable Caribbean countries to identify multisectoral evidence-based interventions to prevent violence against women including the role and contributions of health systems in prevention;
  4. to introduce participants to evidence-based recommendations from WHO/PAHO on how to respond to women subjected to intimate partner or sexual violence;
  5. to identify actions that countries can take in order to strengthen their health systems' capacity to address to violence against women.

General Materials

  • Agenda (PDF)
  • Concept Note (Word, PDF)
  • Welcome note (PDF)
  • Logistics Note (PDF)
  • Participants List (PDF)


Core documents for the workshop

  1. Sample history and examination form (Word)
  2. Strengthening health systems to respond to women subjected to intimate partner violence or sexual violence: A manual for health managers
  3. Danger assessment tool (pdf)
  4. Responding to child and adolescents sexual abuse. WHO clinical guidelines
  5. Strengthening the medico-legal response to sexual violence (WHO)
  6. "In her Shoes" toolkit (external link)
  7. RESPECT women: Preventing violence against women

Presentations and related documents

Day 1

Tuesday, May 28th

Day 2

Wednesday, May 29th:

Core presentations Day 2 (ppt)


  • Overview of PAHO/WHO Tools to address VAW and VAC;
  • Guiding principles of care & Communication skills;
  • How to identify VAW;
  • First-line support: LIVES. Part 1 “LIV”: Listen, Inquire, Validate;
  • First-line support: LIVES. Part 2 “E”: Enhance safety;
  • Approaches to effective training

Day 3

Thursday, May 30th

Core presentations Day 3 (ppt)


  • First-line support: LIVES. Part 3 “S”: Support;
  • Clinical care after sexual assault. Part 1: Clinical history and physical exam;
  • Clinical care after sexual assault. Part 2: treatment and follow-up

Day 4

Friday, May 31st

Reference material

  • Intimate partner violence in the Americas: Data and Action.This document describes what is known about the national prevalence of intimate partner violence (IPV) against women in the Americas across countries and over time, including the geographic coverage, quality, and comparability of national data. This was a systematic review and reanalysis of national, population-based IPV estimates from 1998 – 2017 in the Americas.
  • Ethical and safety recommendations for intervention research on Violence Against Women (VAW) (2016)-The new WHO Ethical and Safety Recommendations for Intervention Research on Violence Against Women (VAW) -developed in conjunction with global experts on the topic - give crucial guidance on how best to address questions of ethics and safety to researchers working on violence against women. The new recommendations reflect the ethical concerns on VAW research, expressed in numerous articles and publications, that have come to light since WHO published Putting Women First: Ethical and Safety Recommendations for Research on Domestic Violence Against Women in 2001. As the evidence base on the magnitude, context, and consequences of VAW has grown, research efforts and attention have begun to focus on decreasing the knowledge gap on effective responses through intervention research. There is, therefore, a need to consider ethical and safety questions unique to this context.
  • Researching Violence Against Women: A Practical Guide for Researchers and Activists (WHO, 2015)