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

A resource package


Country Info

This country information corner provides a collection of country-specific resources from the region, such as prevalence studies, research reports, manuals and web portals that provide useful background information for planning training and implementing programming initiatives. Resources listed below focus on GBV in general and health system response to GBV in particular. Most materials are available for download in both English and Russian. If you would like to suggest additional resources for this page, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Acronyms and abbreviations

• AIDS Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome

• AKH General Hospital of the City of Vienna

• APA American Psychiatric Association

• BIH Bosnia and Herzegovina

• BMWFJ Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft, Familie und Jugend

• CAADA Coordinated Action against Domestic Abuse

• CBT Cognitive behavioural therapy

The role of health systems in the response to gender-based violence

Health care professionals play a key role in the multi-sectoral response to GBV.


Bride kidnapping
The act of taking a woman or girl against her will through deception or force and using physical or psychological coercion to force her to marry one of her abductors (HRW 2006).

Site Credits

This programmatic package was funded by UNFPA Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

It was developed jointly by UNFPA and WAVE - Women against violence Europe network. Regional input was also provided by ANNA Center Moscow. The assessment tools were developed by Sabine Bohne, University of Osnabrück. The module on Monitoring and Evaluation was drafted by Johanna Willems, independent consultant.

Terms of Use

Terms of Use/Disclaimer

UNFPA/WAVE´s programmatic package is a public site for sharing knowledge, programming guidance and resources on responding to gender-based violence in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. The information and resources (including logos and trademarks) published on this site belong to their respective authors and do not necessarily represent the views of UNFPA, the United Nations, or any of its affiliated organizations.


International conventions, declarations and treaty body documents

United Nations


Collaboration between WAVE and UNFPA

Violence against women and girls is one of the most widespread violations of Human rights and it compromises the health, dignity, security and autonomy of the survivors. One in every three women has been beaten, coerced into sex or abused in some ways around the world.

About the resource package

Gender-based violence (GBV) against women and girls is one of the most widespread violations of human rights. GBV both reflects and reinforces inequalities between men and women and compromises the health, dignity, security and autonomy of its survivors. Health services offer an effective way to respond to GBV, yet a systemic approach is still often missing.

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