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GBV Screening Intervention

About the project

Intimate partner violence affects countless South African women and their children. Introducing universal screening and improving understanding of the condition among staff will help to tackle the issue among the women that Groote Schuur Hospital serves.

In South Africa, one-third of women and girls 15 years and older have experienced physical or sexual intimate partner violence. Although it is more common than HIV or breast cancer, intimate partner violence is not well understood – even by those working in healthcare. Providers generally lack a clear understanding of the condition and how to detect it. Screening for intimate partner violence is also far from routine. Most medical and nursing schools are not adequately preparing students to identify and manage intimate partner violence.

Groote Schuur Hospital will rollout universal routine screening for intimate partner violence in 2023, as well as upskilling our healthcare workers to ensure detection, support and referrals for those patients experiencing this in their lives.

Donate to this project today to ensure this rollout is possible.