Violence Against Women: A Site Dedicated to Providing Information and Resources for Health Care Providers & Survivors of Violence against Women Violence against Women
A site dedicated to providing information and resources for health care providers as well as survivors of violence

Health Care Providers

Health Professionals as Caregivers for Women Facing Violence

This section of the website has been developed for those who provide care/services to women facing violence, in any form or capacity. These may include; health professionals, doctors and nurses, as well as counsellors, social workers  who work within health care settings.






Violence against women is an important health and human rights issue. Not only does violence have a negative impact on the health of women, but the health system is often the first point of contact for survivors of violence. Health facilities hence are an excellent point where abused women can be screened. Health professionals have a very crucial role to play in documenting injuries, providing medical and psychosocial care to victims. The Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005 has also identified health care providers as players in the implementation of the act. However, health professional tend to regard violence in general as a "law and order" problem and "domestic violence" in particular as a personal matter. Moreover, they are ill-equipped to deal with the issue since medical and nursing education does not look at it as a health problem. Thus, in order for providers to assume their responsibility as per the law, it is necessary to sensitize them towards the issue of domestic violence and provide with the tools and information necessary to effectively screen, identify and respond to survivors. 

This section has been developed keeping this background in mind. We have included guidelines that care providers should follow, important issues to keep in mind, information that you may need when providing support as well as resources that you can avail of. We hope that this information proves useful to your work and hope that you will share additional information or resources with others using this site through the discussion forum platform.


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