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The WHO Multi-Country Study on Women’s Health and Domestic Violence Against Women: Previous page | 1,2,3,4,5,6

Ensuring women's safety

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In conducting research on VAW, due attention is being paid to the fact that the subject is very sensitive, and at times fraught with danger. Women in abusive situations often feel shame, a desire to protect their families, and divided loyalties, all of which can make the subject very difficult for them to talk about. At a further extreme, talking about violence they have suffered may make certain women vulnerable to even more violence – and being seen to be “stirring up trouble” by investigating the issue can leave researchers, themselves, open to attack.

The ethical and safety recommendations that were developed for the WHO Multi-Country Study and other research on domestic violence are summarized in “Putting Women First: Ethical and Safety Recommendations for Research on Domestic Violence Against Women”. This booklet is available in English, French and Spanish.

Putting Women First [pdf 254kb]

GWH: VAW Ethics Booklet - Spanish [pdf 198kb]

GWH: VAW Ethics booklet -- French [pdf 194kb]

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