Responding to Intimate Partner Violence and Sexual Violence Against Women

WHO Clinical and Policy Guidelines

November 2013
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  • Publisher
    World Health Organization
  • Published
    5th November 2013
  • ISBN 9789241548595
  • Language English
  • Pages 64 pp.
  • Size 8.25" x 11.75"

These guidelines provide advice to health-care providers on the appropriate responses to IPV and sexual violence against women, including clinical interventions and emotional support. They also seek to raise awareness of violence against women among health-care providers and policy-makers, to better understand the need for an appropriate health sector response to violence against women.

The guidelines are based on systematic reviews of the evidence on identification and clinical care for intimate partner violence, clinical care for sexual assault, training for intimate partner violence and sexual assault, as well as policy and programmatic approaches to delivering services. They provide standards that can act as the basis for national guidelines, and for integrating these issues into health-care provider education, as well as help health-care providers be better informed about the care of women experiencing sexual assault and intimate partner violence.

The guidelines are aimed at health-care providers because they are in a unique position to address the health and psychosocial needs of women who have experienced violence. Health professionals can provide assistance by facilitating disclosure, offering support and referral, gathering forensic evidence, particularly in cases of sexual violence, or by providing the appropriate medical services and follow-up care.

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