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Increasing domestic violence and violence in the streets is spilling over into health facilities.The negative consequences of such widespread violence heavily impacts on the delivery of health care services, which can include the deterioration of the quality of care provided and the decision by health workers to leave health care professions. This can result in a reduction in health services available to the general population, and an overall increase in health costs. In developing countries, equal access to primary health care is threatened if health workers - already a scarce resource - abandon their profession or migrate.
This training manual was commissioned by the Steering Committee of the ILO, ICN, WHO, PSI Joint Programme on Workplace Violence in the Health Sector as a companion guide to help implement the Framework Guidelines for addressing workplace violence in the health sector.
The two documents constitute a package that should facilitate dissemination and effective utilization of the Framework Guidelines.