The important role GPs can play in supporting women affected by sexual violence

MAEVe Steering Committee member Laura Tarzia writes in Medical Republic about the role GPs can play in identifying and responding to adult sexual violence.

It is estimated that one in five Australian women has experienced some form of sexual violence in her adult lifetime.1In most cases, the perpetrator is male, typically a known person such as a family member, friend, or intimate partner.

Although we commonly think of sexual violence in the context of rape, the term encompasses a range of sexual behaviours perpetrated against someone’s will; For example, unwanted kissing or touching, controlling or attempting to control a person’s reproductive choices, or using coercion or threats to obtain sexual acts...read the rest of the article here