Violence Against Women

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ANA Position Statement - 3/24/00

The American Nurses Association (ANA) supports education of nurses, healthcare providers and women in skills necessary for prevention of violence against women; assessment of women in healthcare institutions and community settings; and research on violence against women. ANA believes there is a critical need for attention to and increased awareness of the problems of violence against women by all healthcare providers in order to reduce immediate and long term physical and psychological injuries that are associated with this crime. Through knowledge and clinical skills, nurses can engage in the assessment, intervention and prevention of sexual assault and domestic violence. Further, ANA supports a coordinated, interdisciplinary community-based focus using Healthy People 2010 objectives and other research that promote surveillance, prevention and intervention for violent behavior as priority issues for the nation.

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