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Preventing Violence, Caring for Survivors

Amar Jesani (Editor) Padma Deosthali (Editor) Neha Madhiwalla (Editor)
Synopsis Violence, health professions and services are intimately related. Violence produces physical and psychosocial trauma severely affecting health. Survivors of violence almost invariably come in contact with the health system, those injured seek health care and those who die undergo post mortem. Caring for survivors, medical records and forensic reports are crucial elements not only of health care but also for investigating violence and getting justice. And yet, amidst increasing violence and discourse on it, the health consequences of violence and the role of health profession and services are rarely paid serious attention. Preventing Violence, Caring for Survivors, brings together for the first time a collection of presentations, essays and reports examining such aspects of health and health care in violence perpetrated by the State agencies, in the caste and communal violence, domestic violence, sexual assault and women in prostitution. Doctors, activists and other professionals, active in the national and international human rights and health organizations have contributed to the volume. The emphasis is on the rights of the survivors and victims, also on the ethical responsibility of health profession to recognize violence as a health issue; the need to empathise and care for them, to guard against siding with the perpetrators and aid in getting justice by using the medical and forensic records. Making a radical departure, it also brings under the spotlight, the violence perpetrated by the health care system and the process of development on the patients and vulnerable people. In the process, the volume provides a framework in which the conscious and ethical health professionals and services can, while caring for survivors, play a crucial role in preventing violence.
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About the authors

Amar Jesani

Amar Jesani is a medical professional having deep involvement in social science research in health for more than two decades. He has expertise on human rights and medical ethics. He has extensively contributed in government committees on health and internationally assisted the Human Rights Steering Group of the British Medical Association in preparing "The Medical Profession and Human Rights: A Handbook for a Changing Agenda" 2001. He was also a Member of the International Working Groups of the Physicians for Human Rights, USA and the University of Cape Town. Presently he is based in Mumbai and coordinating a training programme in research bioethics.

Padma Deosthali

Padma Deosthali is a Post Graduate in Social Work and is engaged on issues of Women and health, focusing on their Work and Violence Against them with Centre for Enquiry into Health and Allied Themes. She is also a trustee of CHEHAK, which runs a school called SAHYOG.

Neha Madhiwalla

Neha Madhiwalla is a Post Graduate in Social Work and her research projects include a study of morbidity, healthcare and expenditure on women in Nasik district. She was awarded the John, D and Catharine T. Macarthur Foundation Fellowship for Leadership Development in 2002 to develop programme for improving life-skills education to out of school adolescent girls. She is also the Managing Trustee of CHEHAK, which runs a school called SAHYOG.

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Title Preventing Violence, Caring for Survivors
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2004
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8178352966
length 319p., Tables; Notes; References; Index; 23cm.