The health-systems response to violence against women.


García-Moreno, C; Hegarty, K; Lucas d'Oliveira, AF; Koziol-MacLain, J; Colombini, M; Feder, G; (2014) The health-systems response to violence against women. Lancet. ISSN 0140-6736 DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(14)61837-7

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Abstract

Health systems have a crucial role in a multisector response to violence against women. Some countries have guidelines or protocols articulating this role and health-care workers are trained in some settings, but generally system development and implementation have been slow to progress. Substantial system and behavioural barriers exist, especially in low-income and middle-income countries. Violence against women was identified as a health priority in 2013 guidelines published by WHO and the 67th World Health Assembly resolution on strengthening the role of the health system in addressing violence, particularly against women and girls. In this Series paper, we review the evidence for clinical interventions and discuss components of a comprehensive health-system approach that helps health-care providers to identify and support women subjected to intimate partner or sexual violence. Five country case studies show the diversity of contexts and pathways for development of a health system response to violence against women. Although additional research is needed, strengthening of health systems can enable providers to address violence against women, including protocols, capacity building, effective coordination between agencies, and referral networks.

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
PubMed ID: 25467583
Web of Science ID: 353220000038
URI: http://researchonline.lshtm.ac.uk/id/eprint/2026682

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