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Lancet. 2002 Apr 27;359(9316):1509-14.

Dilemmas and opportunities for an appropriate health-service response to violence against women.

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Department of Gender and Women's Health, WHO, 20 Avenue Appia, Geneva 1211, Switzerland.


This article is an overview of the role of health services in secondary and tertiary prevention of intimate partner violence. In it, I review the evidence, which comes mostly from developed countries, on the effectiveness and limitations of in-service training programmes to identify and care for women who have experienced intimate partner violence. I also discuss recent initiatives in developing countries to integrate concerns on gender-based violence into health-care services at different levels, some of the dilemmas and challenges posed by the current approaches to intimate partner violence, and recommendations for future interventions.

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