It is imperative that patients have access to victim-centered, trauma-informed care during a crisis, disaster, or pandemic. Careful planning is needed to allow these patients to access care and start their healing process. How that care is provided may look different than it does under normal conditions.
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Dr. Rozzi is an emergency physician, director of the Forensic Examiner Team at WellSpan York Hospital in York, Pennsylvania, and chair of the Forensic Section of ACEP.
Dr. Riviello is chair and professor of emergency medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.
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- Gender-based violence often increases during times of crisis, disaster, and pandemic.
- Health-service delivery must include care for survivors of gender-based violence.
- Preplanning is the key to the successful management of gender-based violence in crisis situations.
- Alternatives to typical service provision must be considered during times of disaster and pandemic.
- The safety and protection of the responders and the patients are crucial.
For Further Reading
- Unseen, unheard: gender-based violence in disasters. Global study. International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies website.
- Sexual violence in disasters: a planning guide for prevention and response. National Sexual Violence Resource Center website.
- Pandemics and violence against women and children. Center for Global Development website.