A protocol against sexist violence in health centers




A new protocol will make it easier for Galician health workers to detect cases of sexist violence early from your inquiries. They will do so through a questionnaire, a practice that has already been implemented in other countries.

This new tool, developed by the Sergas health and gender violence working group to reinforce the fight against gender violence will land throughout the next year, 2021. Thus, through a questionnaire and in a simple way, professionals will be able to support the victims and carry out, at the same time, a follow-up of the cases through the clinical history, collects Ep.

The health personnel will receive training during the first months so that they can optimally attend to this type of case and thus implement the protocol.

“Detecting the first sign, or having a small suspicion that the woman is living such a situation, can be a decisive step with which to put an end to it,” explained the councilor for Sanidade, Julio García Comesaña, in the presentation this Tuesday of the protocol.

Given the importance of the new task of Sergas professionals, the head of Sanidade has also asked that the «sensitization” and the “commitment», So that we can move in the right direction through this document.

The protocol has three primary objectives. Shorten case detection times; improve the care that women receive in consultations; and homogenize the actions of the Galician health system. Thus, as Comesaña has remarked in his speech, Galicia tries to «improve the lives of women and help eradicate gender-based violence from society», Collects the Xunta in a statement.

The Regional Minister of Emprego and Equality, María Jesús Lorenzana, has also insisted that the health field is a «opportunity»To detect these types of cases early, which in some situations are kept hidden.

Precisely the closeness and trust generated by healthcare personnel is another reason why this new protocol gains importance, mainly with healthcare professionals. These factors can also be decisive, Comesaña has referred in his speech, to facilitate the detection of a problem that, in addition to being social, “is also a health problem.”

This new tool is also part of various objectives of the State Pact against sexist violence, both in the sense of taking advantage of medical consultations and informative consultations, promoting early detection protocols and implementing specialized training programs in prevention.

1961 injury reports

In his intention, Lorenzana explained that, in 2019, of the 6,325 parts of injury that were collected in primary care, 1,961 were caused by gender violence, Efe collects. The aggressor was about the partner of the victim in 60 percent of cases, while this was between 40 and 44 years in primary care or between 20 and 24 years in the case of hospital.

The head of Emprego e Igualdade has also underlined the essentiality of the protocol presented and appealed to «mainstream»Equality policies through agreements to bring these actions to all Galician areas and sectors.

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