Assessment of Violence against Women in the Health Care Sector
December 22, 2010
A practice of zero tolerance not only needs to be implemented, but enforced, in a vigilant effort to defend this basic human right. The urgent need to address this matter has been the focus of the Woman Abuse Council of Toronto’s efforts. Opening dialogues on violence is an excellent starting point, especially when we understand that woman abuse is about power and control and can be manifested both physically and psychologically.
The Health Committee of the Woman Abuse Council of Toronto’s (WomanACT) ultimate goal is to act as a vehicle for integrated planning and policy development to create improved responses to woman abuse within the health care system providing for the protection and safety of women and their children.
WomanACT recognizes and applauds Health Care facilities who have adopted fundamental philosophical and procedural components that are essential for the delivery of a sensitive response and appropriate health care as well as social services for women who have been abused as Abuse is a determinant of health.
The guiding philosophical premise of this work is that all health care and social services be provided in ways which promote the safety of women and their children, while supporting a woman's right to self-determination. When in place, a health care organization's policies/procedures should maintain best practice and provide opportunities to improve the response of that organization to the needs of abused women and their children.
The Health Committee of the Woman Abuse Council of Toronto has been working for almost 20 year with the Health Care sector in
Our HC committee is comprised of mainly social workers and nurses form Hospitals, Community Centres and the Toronto Public Health Department.
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Friends & Family
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Health Care Service Providers
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