Gender, women and health

Coping and responding to intimate-partner violence

Introduction

Many of the studies on women’s responses to partner violence have been carried out on women using support services such as shelters or counselling services. At a population level, however, little is known about women’s responses to violence, or about the help they receive from informal networks (families, friends, and so on) and formal health or social services. The WHO Study therefore made this an important focus of its research.

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