Trends in public health policies addressing violence against women

Kattia Rojas Lori´a, Teresa Gutie´rrez Rosado, Leonor Mari´a Cantera Espinosa, Leda Mari´a Marenco Marrochi, Anna Ferna´ndez Sa´nchez

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    Objective: To analyze the content of policies and action plans within the public healthcare system that addresses the issue of violence against women. Methods: A descriptive and comparative study was conducted on the health policies and plans in Catalonia and Costa Rica from 2005 to 2011. It uses a qualitative methodology with documentary analysis. It is classified by topics that describe and interpret the contents. We considered dimensions, such as principles, strategies, concepts concerning violence against women, health trends, and evaluations. Results: Thirteen public policy documents were analyzed. In both countries' contexts, we have provided an overview of violence against women as a problem whose roots are in gender inequality. The strategies of gender policies that address violence against women are cultural exchange and institutional action within the public healthcare system. The actions of the healthcare sector are expanded into specific plans. The priorities and specificity of actions in healthcare plans were the distinguishing features between the two countries. Conclusions: The common features of the healthcare plans in both the counties include violence against women, use of protocols, detection tasks, care and recovery for women, and professional self-care. Catalonia does not consider healthcare actions with aggressors. Costa Rica has a lower specificity in conceptualization and protocol patterns, as well as a lack of updates concerning health standards in Catalonia.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)613-621
    JournalRevista de Saude Publica
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014


    • Health programs
    • Plans and trends
    • Public policies
    • Qualitative research
    • Violence against women

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