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Ethical Issues in Healthcare for Women in the Context of Violence 

Ethical Issues in Healthcare for Women in the Context of Violence
Ethical Issues in Healthcare for Women in the Context of Violence

Rochelle Einboden

, and Colleen Varcoe

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date: 30 July 2021

Violence against women is a complex social and health issue. Addressing it meaningfully requires careful ethical reasoning. This chapter offers an overview of the issue of violence against women, beginning with its definition and the link between structural and interpersonal forms of violence. The implications of using traditional bioethical reasoning in this context are analyzed, followed by the use of relational ethics, which is shown to be superior. The chapter ends by focusing on healthcare policies and practices that respond ethically to violence against women. Considered are managing disclosures of violence, establishing trauma- and violence-informed policies, using case finding as an alternative to screening, and ensuring that responses are culturally safe and supportive, do not stigmatize the woman, and consider the context of women’s lives and relationships, especially their caregiving relationships.

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