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

A resource package

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.

This chapter provides an overview of key international standards and documents guiding the work of health care professionals (section 2.1). It explains why health systems play an important role in addressing GBV (section 2.2) and what this role entails (section 2.3), and lists barriers to an effective health care response to GBV (section 2.4). Further, it lists key principles and quality standards for providing health services to survivors of GBV (section 2.5).