Preventing and Responding to Gender-based Violence

Gender-based violence (GBV) against women, men, girls, and boys is a human rights violation with severe immediate and long-term health and social consequences. People who experience violence are at increased risk of serious physical, mental, and reproductive health problems.  

Domestic violence is a critical health problem. Public health and education initiatives can reduce GBV in the United States and internationally. In the U.S., we are leveraging the shifting health policy landscape to focus attention and resources on domestic violence. Internationally, we are delivering programming that equips women and adolescent girls with social and protective assets and life skills to reduce their risk of violence, challenge harmful gender norms, and seek health care. We have compiled our top resources to help you incorporate GBV education and prevention practices into your work.

Bantwana youth outside of school in Tanzania

Clinical Providers

Health service delivery programs are key in the prevention and response to GBV. Every clinic visit made by a GBV survivor presents an opportunity to ameliorate the effects of violence and help prevent future incidents. These resources are intended to strengthen service providers’ capacity and help providers reflect on and discuss GBV prevention and response.

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