Clinical Management of Rape

Sexual violence and intimate partner violence (IPV) may be physical, sexual and/or emotional/psychological.[1]

Clinical Management of Rape (CMR) involves listening and inquiring about needs and concerns, obtaining informed consent and preparing the survivor, taking a history, performing physical and genital examinations, providing treatment, enhancing safety and referring for additional support, assessing mental health and providing psychosocial support, as well as providing follow-up care. Caring for child survivors requires particular attention.

In addition to the actual clinical management of rape, the global challenge of IPV involves preparations such as understanding the laws and policies, and identifying where appropriate care can be provided and training staff, as well as conducting community outreach and developing referral systems, and protecting beneficiaries and health-care providers.

This is nicely covered by the WHO/UNFPA/UNHCR guideline (2019) on Clinical management of rape and intimate partner violence survivors: developing protocols for use in humanitarian settings.