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

Lancet. 2002 Apr 27;359(9316):1509-14. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(02)08417-9.


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.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Battered Women / statistics & numerical data
  • Domestic Violence / prevention & control*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Sex Factors
  • Women's Health
  • Women's Health Services / organization & administration
  • Women's Health Services / standards*
  • Women's Rights / standards