Training programme for medical occupations
Interdisciplinary courses included (trauma) surgeons, gynaecologists and other medical specialists, socio-psychiatrists and established physicians or specialist nurses, midwives, psychologists and social workers as well as persons working in addiction counselling centres
Aims and objectives
The aims were: (1) enhancing awareness and knowledge; (2) recognition of types and patterns of violence and their severe — acute or long-term — health consequences; (3) influencing the support procedure and the prevention of further violence; (4) taking adequate intervention steps in everyday practice (e.g. handling crisis situations, communication skills, emergency planning, knowledge about the legal situation); (5) preparing documentation and firm evidence for court procedures (such as the preparation of a trace preservation kit to ensure uniform procedures in the preservation of evidence in the case of rape and sexual abuse); (6) making use of and improving cooperation with internal services (e.g. groups for the protection of children), external organisations (healthcare institutions, women’s shelters, the police, (abuse) intervention centres, counselling centres for women, and welfare offices, etc.) and established physicians.