4159.0: Tuesday, November 14, 2000 - 1:15 PM

Abstract #8908

Violence against women: Public health outcomes of human rights violations

Lori Heise, co-director, Center for Health and Gender Equity (co-author: Mary Ellsberg, Change), 6930 Carroll Ave., Suite 910, Takoma Park, MD 20912, 301-270-1182, sbloodworth@path-dc.org

This presentation will describe the results of a comprehensive review of international research on violence against women from a public health framework. Population-based studies from over 50 countries show that anywhere from 10% to 50% of women have been victims of physical partner abuse or sexual abuse in childhood, adolescence or adulthood. Most often the abuser is a member of her own family. Epidemiological research suggests that the consequences of violence on women’s mental and physical health are often both severe and long-lasting. In addition to causing injury, violence increases women’s long-term risk of a number of other health problems, including chronic pain, physical disability, drug and alcohol abuse and depression. Women with a history of physical or sexual abuse are also at increased risk for unintended pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections, chronic pelvic pain, pregnancy complications and giving birth to low birth weight infants. The presentation will focus on the international prevalence and reproductive health consequences of violence, and will highlight areas where public health intervention is particularly needed.

Learning Objectives: Participants will be able to describe how violence against women leads to significant public health problems for women and children, in addition to being a human rights violation

Keywords: Violence, Gender

Presenting author's disclosure statement:
Organization/institution whose products or services will be discussed: None
I do not have any significant financial interest/arrangement or affiliation with any organization/institution whose products or services are being discussed in this session.

The 128th Annual Meeting of APHA