What is it about?

GBV occurs in most societies and the majority of survivors are women and girls. GBV could be perpetrated in multiple ways, involving sexual, physical, emotional and economical and social dimensions. A large majority had suffered emotional and economic violence, physical and sexual violence were also common. There is a need to increase public awareness about GBV.

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Why is it important?

All care seekers who attended these two centers were women and hardly men attended. To increase awareness among the public of their right to be not subjected to GBV, and also about the availability of GBV care centers.


Establishment of antenatal and postnatal screening for GBV It is important to provide effective emotional support in order to ensure their emotional wellbeing and prevent suicides. It is of vital importance of providing family counselling services to the community at large. Assistance from health care providers in the community, public health midwives, general practitioners and medical officers in the community are very good sources of assistance and care to survivors of GBV. The public should be educated about this.

Ramya Pathiraja
University of Sri Jayewardenepura

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This page is a summary of: Gender-based violence: Experiences from two tertiary care settings in Sri Lanka, F1000Research, April 2020, Faculty of 1000, Ltd.,
DOI: 10.12688/f1000research.23120.1.
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