It is recommended to manage GBV according to the six R’s
Realising that abuse is happening
Recognising and acknowledging patient concerns
Relevant clinical assessment to be performed
Risk assessment to be done
Ask questions such as:
In instances where the survivor (or children) is at risk of serious harm:
CRisis plan facilitation
Should the survivor choose to leave their partner, or the residence they share, ensure that plans are in place related to:
Referral for medical-, social-, psychological- or legal assistance
Use the following steps as a guideline for people who either phone or arrive at your facility after rape.
- Go to a safe place.
- Tell the first person you trust about what has happened.
- Go straight to a hospital or to a doctor to get the medical attention.
- Get medical attention within 72 hours (3 days) of any HIV exposure.
- You can still receive medical treatment even if you decide not to lay a charge.
- Ask for emergency contraception to stop you from getting pregnant.
- If you do fall pregnant from the rape you can choose to have an abortion.
- Ask for a medical certificate if you need time to recover.
- Report the rape to the police.