Special Guide: What health care providers can do about domestic violence

 Health care providers can help solve the problem of violence against women if they learn how to ask clients about violence, become better aware of signs that can identify victims of domestic violence or sexual abuse, and help women protect themselves by developing a personal safety plan. Everyone can do something to help promote nonviolent relationships. Women's advocates in the US have used the "power and control" framework for many years to describe how some men use violence to dominate their partners and maintain control with the relationship. The wheel at right is adapted from that framework to show how the behavior of health care providers often contributes to women's victimization.    

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health,Center for Communication Programs,Population Information Program