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Social work and global health inequalitiesPractice and policy developments$
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Paul Bywaters, Eileen McLeod, and Lindsey Napier

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9781847421951

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847421951.001.0001

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Violence, abuse and health

Violence, abuse and health

(p.105) 8 Violence, abuse and health
Social work and global health inequalities

Lesley Laing

Policy Press

This chapter explores violence against women as an example of gendered health inequality and argues that good health policy and practice must address this manifestation of gender inequality. Social work is well placed to contribute to this process because of its commitment to social justice, understanding of the social determinants of health, and ability to traverse the ‘gap’ that often exists between health services and other players essential to a comprehensive response to gender-based violence. These include activist women's groups that have been pivotal to placing this issue on the public agenda. The author draws on her experience as a social worker in the health sector, in various roles that have focused on assisting health personnel to recognise and respond more appropriately to the many ‘silent’ survivors of gender-based violence they encounter in the course of their work. The chapter also examines how globalisation affects violence against women.

Keywords:   violence against women, health inequality, gender inequality, social work, social justice, women's groups, globalisation, health policy

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