You are here:

Violence Against Women

Eric's story

He saw violence against women first hand. Now he fights to end it

Physical, sexual & psychological violence

Medical treatment|Psychological support|Education & training

Throughout the world, violence against women is a pervasive public health and human rights issue, affecting the physical and mental health of women and girls and tearing families and communities apart.

Worldwide, one in three women have been beaten, coerced into sex, or abused in some way, according to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). The emotional, physical and financial toll on women around the world is enormous.

Gender-based violence (GBV) is defined as actual or threatened physical, sexual, and psychological violence that occurs either within the family or in the broader community. International Medical Corps takes a holistic approach so that we not only treat the physical and psychological aftermath of abuse, but also prevent future cases through community education and outreach.

The majority of our GBV help is provided at the primary health care facilities that we support so that survivors can be discreetly provided with timely and effective treatment at the same time as accessing other types of medical care.

Whether working in areas of armed conflict where rape has become a weapon of war, or in more stable environments where violence against women is less visible, International Medical Corps aims to strengthen the ability of local health care workers to identify and treat survivors. Our teams can offer medical care, psychological support, and where appropriate advice on legal and economic issues as well.

International Medical Corps has successfully run violence against women projects in some of the most challenging and conservative communities in the world, with significant successes in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Russia, Somalia and Democratic Republic of Congo.

We're working to end Violence Against Women

Our impact and work

Giving A Voice To The Voiceless

Giving A Voice To The Voiceless

No tile subtitle

A New Approach To Gender-Based Violence Feedback In Lebanon

A Spectacular Strategy for Change

A Spectacular Strategy for Change

No tile subtitle

Improving well-being through awareness 

Where Women Come Together

Where Women Come Together

No tile subtitle

Nurturing Potential in Borno State

Beatrice Essebe: An Optimist Building Change

Beatrice Essebe: An Optimist Building Change

No tile subtitle

Change is not only possible, it is an inevitability

Small Changes, Big Consequences

Small Changes, Big Consequences

No tile subtitle

Changing Breastfeeding Habits in Somalia, One Mother at a Time

Tackling Maternal Mortality in Somalia, One Mother at a Time

Tackling Maternal Mortality in Somalia, One Mother at a Time

No tile subtitle

Anfa’s Difficult Delivery

Join the fight to help those hit by conflict and disaster around the world. Sign up to receive emails from us.

Get in touch

International Medical Corps UK will send you emails about our work and how you can contribute to that work using the data you provide. You may unsubscribe at any point. Your data will be processed in line with our privacy policy