MISSING PIECE IN THE PUZZLE: The health sector’s role in implementing the DVA

  • Katherine Doolan University of Cape Town
Keywords: Domestic Violence Act, health sector

Abstract

Successful implementation of the Domestic Violence Act is impeded by the absence of specific duties and responsibilities for health sector personnel. This article considers the role that the health sector could play. Although amending the Act would be ideal, alternatives include standardising domestic violence screening guidelines and developing an abuse management protocol for the effective implementation of the DVA. In this way, the health sector can make a significant contribution to reducing levels of domestic violence.

Author Biography

Katherine Doolan, University of Cape Town

Gender, Health and Justice Research Unit

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Published
2006-03-08
Section
Research articles