Addressing violence against women: a call to action.


García-Moreno, C; Zimmerman, C; Morris-Gehring, A; Heise, L; Amin, A; Abrahams, N; Montoya, O; Bhate-Deosthali, P; Kilonzo, N; Watts, C; (2014) Addressing violence against women: a call to action. Lancet, 385 (9978). pp. 1685-95. ISSN 0140-6736 DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(14)61830-4

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Abstract

: Violence against women and girls is prevalent worldwide but historically has been overlooked and condoned. Growing international recognition of these violations creates opportunities for elimination, although solutions will not be quick or easy. Governments need to address the political, social, and economic structures that subordinate women, and implement national plans and make budget commitments to invest in actions by multiple sectors to prevent and respond to abuse. Emphasis on prevention is crucial. Community and group interventions involving women and men can shift discriminatory social norms to reduce the risk of violence. Education and empowerment of women are fundamental. Health workers should be trained to identify and support survivors and strategies to address violence should be integrated into services for child health, maternal, sexual, and reproductive health, mental health, HIV, and alcohol or substance abuse. Research to learn how to respond to violence must be strengthened. The elimination of violence against women and girls is central to equitable and sustainable social and economic development and must be prioritised in the agenda for development after 2015.<br/>

Item Type: Article
Faculty and Department: Faculty of Public Health and Policy > Dept of Global Health and Development
Research Centre: Gender Violence and Health Centre
Social and Mathematical Epidemiology (SaME)
SaME Modelling & Economics
Centre for Maternal, Reproductive and Child Health (MARCH)
PubMed ID: 25467579
Web of Science ID: 353418000041
URI: http://researchonline.lshtm.ac.uk/id/eprint/2026678

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