Feasibility and Acceptability of Gender-Based Violence Screening: Primary Health Facilities in Humanitarian Settings, Dadaab, Kenya

Screening  for GBV has  become a topic  of debate in humanitarian  programming over the past few  years as research has largely been  limited to studies in developed countries.  To address this, IRC has worked since 2011  on the piloting, implementation, and evaluation  of the ASIST-GBV, a GBV screening tool developed  by Johns Hopkins University specifically for use in  humanitarian settings. Findings from the evaluation indicate  that, with the appropriate measures taken and prerequisites met, GBV screening by health providers has the potential to  1) create a confidential environment where survivors can speak openly about their experiences with GBV, 2) ensure  competent care and referrals based on individual needs and wishes of survivors, and 3) increase community awareness about GBV  issues, thereby reducing stigma and improving attitudes.

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