2. Introduction to gender based violence

Some countries and communities experience different types of gender based violence in comparison to others, but the fundamental elements of the problem are global.

Gender based violence assumes many forms, the most common being intimate partner violence, sexual assault and female genital mutilation.

Gender based violence can include issues faced and perpetrated by both males and females. This resource focuses on women and girls because they are the majority of victims and survivors.

Many health and social care professionals are in regular contact with women and girls as part of their clinical role. As health and social care students it is important you understand the extent and nature of the problem.

Woman's hand up in defence