The health systems response to violence against women

The second in the Lancet Special series on violence against women and girls, this looks at the evidence for clinical interventions and discusses components of a comprehensive health system approach that helps healthcare providers to identify and support women subjected to intimate partner or sexual violence. Five country case studies (including South Africa) 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.

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