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Medical Examination of Survivors / Victims of Sexual Violence: A Handbook for Medical Officers

This compilation is an outcome of a series of capacity building programs on Health sector response to violence against women and medico-legal care of survivors of sexual violence, organized for Civil Surgeons, Medical Superintendents and Gynaecologists from District and Sub- District hospitals of Maharashtra conducted by UNFPA in collaboration with Public Health Department and National Health Mission, Government of Maharashtra. The handbook provides a step by step detail on how a woman survivor/victim of sexual violence should be examined and evidence collected. The compilation will be useful to medical professionals for examining survivors/victims of sexual violence. It will also prove useful for hospital administrators. It is to be used together with the MOHFW Guidelines and Protocols for medico-legal care for survivors/victims of sexual violence, 2014.