Strengthening Health System Responses to Gender-based Violence in Eastern Europe and Central Asia

A resource package

Creating Referral Pathways integrated into Health Care

4.1. The definition of a referral system

Women who have experienced GBV have multiple and complex needs. This includes medical care, safe accommodation, psychosocial counselling, police protection and/or legal advice. Therefore, an effective response to GBV requires a comprehensive set of services. Since it is virtually impossible for a single organization to provide all services in the required quality and specialization, a multi-sectoral response that coordinates the services by all relevant service providers helps to ensure the availability of comprehensive support for survivors of GBV.

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