When healthcare providers are properly trained to address violence against women, they can make a significant difference in addressing not only the physical injuries caused by violence, but also the mental, sexual and emotional hurt. In recognition of this, WHO has published a training curriculum to provide healthcare providers with the knowledge and skills that they need to know how to best help women who are living with violence.
WHO’s new training curriculum uses the recommendations from the WHO Clinical handbook: Healthcare for women subjected to intimate partner violence or sexual violence. It aims to help providers know how to identify and respond to the clinical needs of women survivors – particularly those experiencing sexual violence or intimate partner/domestic violence.
Participants using the curriculum will learn how to deliver women-centred clinical care; identify women who are experiencing violence; how to provide first-line support using the WHO LIVES approach (Listen, Inquire, Validate, Enhance safety and Support); provide essential clinical care for survivors; and identify local support resources. They will learn how to build skills, and how to address their own attitudes towards survivors, and to understand survivors’ contexts and experiences. The curriculum emphasizes compassionate, empathetic provider-patient communication.
The curriculum uses participant-centred learning and includes scenario-based activities, role-plays, group and other activities to develop the skills needed and understand more about violence against women.
The curriculum was developed with help from global experts on violence against women and education. It reflects the lessons learned from training sessions held for the implementation of the WHO Clinical Handbook Healthcare for women subjected to intimate partner violence or sexual. It has been piloted in countries around the world, in addition to a training of trainers session with over 60 doctors, nurses and midwives from 36 countries.