Gender based Violence and Health
Violence against women and girls - in its multiple forms - is an important human rights abuse, and public health problem. There is a growing body of population based evidence on the prevalence of different forms of violence, with global estimates suggesting that at least one in three women has experienced physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence or non-partner sexual violence in their lifetime, and that every third murdered woman is murdered by an intimate partner. Tackling violence therefore is a policy priority for many governments and international governmental and non-governmental organisations seeking to improve the lives and health of women, children, families and men. Drawing upon the work of the LSHTM Gender, Violence and Health Centre, and the Lancet Series on Violence against Women and Health, that the Centre led, this public health lecture will provide an overview of the conceptualisation and measurement of violence, the prevalence of different forms of violence and their health impacts, and summarise evidence and guidance on effective health sector and prevention strategies.