[Health advocacy in violence against women: an experience]

Gac Sanit. May-Jun 2005;19(3):262-4. doi: 10.1157/13075962.
[Article in Spanish]


The development of political responses to a problem needs for its construction as a social problem of a continuous epidemiological surveillance system available for the affected public and key decision makers. A women's health advocacy net based initiative was launched in November 2003. Every month the epidemic index of deaths (ratio of deaths in that month and median of deaths occurring the previous 5 years) due to Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) is published in a section called "Violence Alert" of e-leusis.net a women's web page. The objective was giving visibility to information contributing to shape the problem. from a population perspective. The initiative was introduced at the beginning to journalists and every month a press release with the index results and a comment on it is circulated. More than half of the months studied (January 2003-December 2004) were epidemic (epidemic indexb > or = 1.25). "Violence alert" has received 2330 visits since then, an average of 65 visits per week. The page attracted media coverage from radio, TV and newspapers.

Publication types

  • English Abstract
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Consumer Advocacy*
  • Domestic Violence* / prevention & control
  • Domestic Violence* / statistics & numerical data
  • Female
  • Homicide / statistics & numerical data
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Information Dissemination
  • Internet
  • Population Surveillance*
  • Seasons
  • Spain
  • Women*