Sep 7th 2015

Confronting Gender Based Violence: Global Lessons with Case Studies from India (Coursera)

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This course introduces participants from the health care sector to gender based violence (GBV), including global epidemiology of GBV, health outcomes, seminal research, policy and ethical guidelines, and clinical best practices for GBV prevention, support and management.

This course is planned to be the first of several focusing on gender based violence. We will provide a core curriculum and then, given the wide variability in local circumstances among countries, both in regard to the organization of their health systems and the availability of resources to deliver the recommended interventions, contextualize that content to specific geographical regions of the world. This first offering provides a case study on India and is guided towards participants working in the health care sector. A core curriculum introduces a global perspective on gender based violence (GBV), including global epidemiology of GBV, health outcomes, relevant research, policy and ethical guidelines, and clinical best practices for GBV prevention, support and management, including review of the new World Health Organization guidelines on responding to violence with Dr. Claudia García-Moreno. Our colleagues who work in India, Dr. Bushra Sabri, Prof. Anuradha Kapoor, Dr. Ravi Verma, Dr. Anita Raj and Dr. Suneeta Krishnan, and Padma Bhate-Deosthali will provide expertise around these issues in the context of India.


Course Director: Michele Decker, ScD, MPH, Johns Hopkins University

Content provided by leading global experts in the field.

This is an in-depth course with 2 components:

Core curriculum focused on introduction to gender based violence (GBV) from a global perspective, with competencies for social workers, physicians, nurses, midwives, community health workers, counselors and other health care workers and an emphasis on ensuring a strong health sector response to GBV.

India-specific curriculum addressed by India GBV experts in prevention and the health care response.

The core curriculum outlines existing data on the global epidemiology of leading forms of GBV and the evidence linking GBV to poor health, with a focus on sexual/reproductive health including HIV. You will learn the state of the science for integrating GBV response within the health sector, including screening, its challenges, strategies, and guidelines for implementation in a wide range of health delivery settings. You will learn the components of a comprehensive clinical assessment, treatment and management of a GBV survivor. We will also discuss strategies for psychosocial support and safety planning. In addition, we will provide a review of the challenges, ethics and best practices in GBV-related research as well as of the policy context of GBV including laws and practices that enable (or undermine) access to justice for survivors. This course will provide a strong grounding in both epidemiology and clinical application of current evidence on GBV to allow participants to develop an evidence-based response to GBV in their local communities and clinic settings.

The India case study will provide context-specific curriculum to showcase the context of GBV, and the innovation and GBV response in this setting: PadmaBhate-Deosthali will describe the work of Dilaasa, an innovative a hospital-based crisis response program; Dr. Bushra Sabri will provide an in-depth discussion on policy and social contextual influences in India; Prof. Anuradha Kapoor will describe the community response to violence; Dr. Anita Raj will discuss child marriage; Dr. Suneeta Krishnan discusses integration of violence response within primary care, and Dr. Ravi Verma will describe strategies to engage men and boys in GBV prevention.

With additional optional material, you can learn more about specific GBV topics, cutting edge research, and unique populations impacted by GBV including adolescents, women who trade sex or are trafficked for exploitation, and those in humanitarian/conflict settings.