One-Stop Help

Worldwide, a third of women who’ve been in a relationship report experiencing intimate partner violence. Medical workers are often the de facto first responders, a role many are not adequately prepared for. But from England to Malaysia to South Africa, a growing number of one-stop crisis centers have shown promise in offering a robust, multi-faceted response, training health workers and connecting victims to a range of services.

Nepal, where almost half of women have experienced abuse, has embraced the approach. At one hospital, the number of women reporting abuse and seeking help jumped from 74 in 2013 to 493 in 2017.



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