Intimate partner violence (IPV) is any behavior by an intimate partner that causes physical, sexual, or psychological harm. In healthcare settings where providers are well trained, caring, and sensitive, most survivors respond positively to being asked about their exposure to violence. Healthcare providers are in a unique position to identify survivors and offer appropriate management and referrals. The World Health organization developed clinical guidelines to provide evidence-based guidance to healthcare providers on the identification and appropriate response to IPV and sexual violence. Based on this guidance, the Ministry of Health developed a comprehensive training manual to empower healthcare providers with the necessary knowledge and skills to ensure an appropriate health sector response to IPV. This training manual addresses emerging issues, including reproductive coercion, and equips healthcare providers and health management teams with the knowledge, skills, and positive attitudes necessary for provision of integrated, comprehensive quality care to address the management of survivors and ensure appropriate health sector response to IPV.
Division of Reproductive and Maternal Health. 2021. "Management of intimate partner violence in health care settings: A training manual for health care providers." Nairobi: Government of Kenya, Ministry of Health.
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