Hadassah Hospital Counteracts Violence Against Women with Awareness Campaign in Maternity Ward
The International Day for the Prevention of Violence Against Women at Hadassah's hospital.
the United Nations’ International Day for the Prevention of Violence
Against Women, nurses and social workers at the Hadassah Medical Organization initiated a project in the maternity ward to encourage women to speak up and
put an end to abusive relationships.
undertaken in collaboration with the Department of Social Work at Hadassah's hospital in Ein
Kerem, is aimed at leading women to see the birth of a new baby as an
opportunity to end the abusive situations they find themselves in, rather than
a reason to remain in an abusive relationship. The nurses and social workers
are identifying women in distress and connecting them to resources that can help.
Large banners have been hung on the walls of the
maternity ward, delivery rooms, and neonatal departments with the message, "Birth is an opportunity for new beginnings - you and your children have the right to life without violence."
At the same
time, leaflets in Hebrew, Arabic, English, Russian, French, and Amharic,
reinforce the message. Cards in the bathrooms allow the women to discreetly
acquire the phone numbers they need to seek help.
Chief Hadassah Midwife Nava Braverman
notes, "When I was the Director of the Center for Women's Health at Hadassah,
it was impossible not to address the problem of violence against women as an
integral part of a variety of health problems, especially after the World
Health Organization recognized the problem of violence as a medical problem.”
She adds: “We have started
encouraging teams to ask women patients routinely if they've experienced
violence. We have found that women don't resent this intrusion, but welcome questions
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