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VIVES-CASES, Carmen; ALVAREZ-DARDET, Carlos; COLOMER, Concha  and  BERTOMEU, Angustias. Health advocacy in violence against women: an experience. Gac Sanit [online]. 2005, vol.19, n.3, pp.262-264. ISSN 0213-9111.

The development of political responses to a problem needs for its construction as a social problem of a continuous epidemiological surveillance system available for the affected public and key decision makers. A women's health advocacy net based initiative was launched in November 2003. Every month the epidemic index of deaths (ratio of deaths in that month and median of deaths occurring the previous 5 years) due to Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) is published in a section called «Violence Alert» of a women's web page. The objective was giving visibility to information contributing to shape the problem. from a population perspective. The initiative was introduced at the beginning to journalists and every month a press release with the index results and a comment on it is circulated. More than half of the months studied (January 2003-December 2004) were epidemic (epidemic indexb ≥ 1.25). «Violence alert» has received 2330 visits since then, an average of 65 visits per week. The page attracted media coverage from radio, TV and newspapers.

Keywords : Battered women; Health advocacy; Feminism.

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