Even programmes focused on violence prevention will touch the lives of many women who have already experienced abuse. If 20 percent of women in a setting experience intimate partner violence, for example, at least one in every five female staff, facilitators, and workshop participants will have, too. For some, discussing violence may cause earlier trauma to resurface; others may need immediate support to cope with ongoing abuse. Organisations must train staff to respond appropriately to disclosures of abuse, including any legal requirements to report the abuse of children or vulnerable adults, and establish referral pathways to professional health, legal, and psychosocial services.
While this brief is part of a series on supporting male survivors of violence, the content and recommendations are applicable to organisations and individuals working with survivors of violence more generally.
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