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Letters Long term health needs in sexual trauma

Sexual violence against women: a multidisciplinary integrated care model

BMJ 2019; 367 doi: (Published 27 November 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;367:l6616
  1. Giussy Barbara, obstetrician and gynaecologist1,
  2. Federica Facchin, assistant professor2,
  3. Paolo Vercellini, professor and director3,
  4. Cristina Cattaneo, professor of forensic medicine4,
  5. Alessandra Kustermann, director of obstetrics and gynaecology and head1
  1. 1Fondazione IRCCS Ca’ Granda Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico and SVSeD (Service for Sexual and Domestic Violence), via della Commenda 12, Milan, Italy
  2. 2Department of Psychology, Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Largo Gemelli 1, Milan, Italy
  3. 3Gynaecological Unit, Fondazione IRCCS Ca’ Granda Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico, via della Commenda 12, Milan, Italy
  4. 4Department of Biomedical Sciences for Health and SVSeD (Service for Sexual and Domestic Violence), University of Milan, via Mangiagalli 37, Milan, Italy
  1. giussy.barbara{at}

Ades and colleagues say that women who have experienced sexual violence require multidisciplinary, trauma informed care tackling their medical and psychological needs, either short or long term.1 Our sexual and domestic violence service, founded in 1996, adopts an integrated multidisciplinary approach, with a team composed of gynaecologists, psychologists, social workers, forensic practitioners, …

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