Responding to intimate partner violence and sexual violence against women

WHO clinical and policy guidelines

Edited by Priya Shetty and Penny Howe
World Health Organization, 2013

68 pp. 2.8 MB:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK174250/pdf/TOC.pdf

A health-care provider is likely to be the first professional contact for survivors of intimate partner violence or sexual assault. Evidence suggests that women who have been subjected to violence seek health care more often than non-abused women, even if they do not disclose the associated violence. They also identify health-care providers as the professionals they would most trust with disclosure of abuse. These guidelines are an unprecedented effort to equip healthcare providers with evidence-based guidance as to how to respond to intimate partner violence and sexual violence against women.

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