The toll of violence against women is enormous, costing billions of dollars in social, judicial and health costs, as well as further billions in lost productivity and wages.
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Violence against women is a pervasive public health and human rights problem affecting both the physical and mental health of women and girls worldwide. International Medical Corps (IMC) integrates innovative strategies into its programs to address the problem of gender-based violence, or GBV.

IMC works both in areas of armed conflict where rape has become an overt weapon of war and in more stable environments where GBV is less visible. IMC works to strengthen the ability of health care workers to treat survivors and works to raise community awareness of the problem and modify beliefs and practices that perpetuate GBV. They offer programs ranging from primary health care screening and counseling for survivors to income-creation initiatives that boost the social status - and protection - of survivors.

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