Implications for Health Care Practice and Improved Policies for Victims of Sexual Violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo


Hanlon, Haleigh. 2008. “Implications for Health Care Practice and Improved Policies for Victims of Sexual Violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo.” Journal of International Women’s Studies 10 (2): 64–72.

Author: Haleigh Hanlon


As violent conflict ravages the Democratic Republic of Congo, thousands of women and girls are victims of sexual violence. Unfortunately, there are few services available to this population. While the exact number of victims is uncertain, the available data indicate the large scale of women and girls affected by sexual violence, and the urgent need for aid, services, and better policies to improve care. This humanitarian crisis is slowly gaining Western attention, but the current demand for humanitarian action and improved policies is greatest in the following three categories which will be addressed in the body of the work below: (1) an increase in humanitarian aid, (2) medical assistance, and (3) social support.

Topics: Armed Conflict, Gender, Women, Girls, Health, Humanitarian Assistance, Sexual Violence, Male Perpetrators, SV against Women Regions: Africa, Central Africa Countries: Democratic Republic of the Congo

Year: 2008

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