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Violence, abuse and health

Lesley Laing

in Social work and global health inequalities

Published by Policy Press

Published in print September 2009 | ISBN: 9781847421951
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303541 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847421951.003.0008
Violence, abuse and health

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This chapter explores violence against women as an example of gendered health inequality and argues that good health policy and practice must address this manifestation of gender inequality. Social work is well placed to contribute to this process because of its commitment to social justice, understanding of the social determinants of health, and ability to traverse the ‘gap’ that often exists between health services and other players essential to a comprehensive response to gender-based violence. These include activist women's groups that have been pivotal to placing this issue on the public agenda. The author draws on her experience as a social worker in the health sector, in various roles that have focused on assisting health personnel to recognise and respond more appropriately to the many ‘silent’ survivors of gender-based violence they encounter in the course of their work. The chapter also examines how globalisation affects violence against women.

Keywords: violence against women; health inequality; gender inequality; social work; social justice; women's groups; globalisation; health policy

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