Standard Operating Procedures: For responding to violence against women/girls for healthcare settings

Published Year: 2022

CEHAT, MCGM, NUHM; Mumbai; iv, 24 p.

This Standard Operating Procedure has been based on GPA as well as experiences of public hospitals implementing a health system response to Violence against women (VAW) ensuring quality of care for survivors of violence. 

This document is significant in Indian context where there has been a legal mandate for a health sector response under the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act (PWDVA), 2005; Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses Act (POCSO), 2012; the Criminal Law Amendment to Rape (CLA), 2013 and the MoHFW Guidelines of 2014. Further, India's National Health Policy (NHP), 2017 gave a clear directive to the health sector to address gender-based violence.

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