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Gender Based Violence in the context of the COVID-19 Pandemic for Doctors Short Course - E-learning



Gender-based Violence (GBV) and Sexual Gender-based Violence (SGBV), including Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) have been a worldwide concern for decades. COVID-19 has exacerbated this problem especially during the lockdown period often confining the victim with the perpetrator. Domestic violence shelters are also undergoing strain as they reach capacity due to the increase in IPV being experienced. Even the most advanced and best-resourced health systems are reaching saturation, including those at the front line in their response to S/GBV incidents.

Healthcare professionals are ideally placed to identify and provide support to survivors of GBV. This course is designed to equip healthcare providers with the knowledge and means to help them respond adequately to survivors of violence in any form. S/GBV is a major concern for healthcare providers at all times, more so in times of crisis – “if we do not observe and ask no one else will”

SGBV is a silent pandemic flourishing in the shadows of the Coronavirus pandemic. Healthcare professionals, who are already acknowledged as superheroes for their efforts around COVID-19, are called on to be the heroes who confront this scourge.


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Exit Level Outcomes

On achieving this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe Sexual- and Gender-based Violence as a public health problem within the COVID-19 pandemic context
  • Recognise and Identify sexual and gender-based violence presentations
  • Define your obligation as a healthcare practitioner under the law
  • Demonstrate clinical skills appropriate to your scope of practice to respond to sexual and gender-based violence (completion of J88 forms for medical practitioners)
  • Evaluate resources and support for patients and for oneself
  • Articulate appropriate court proceedings when testifying as an expert witness in the context of GBV

Course Design

The short course is offered as an online short course that is enhanced with additional resources to provide a comprehensive learning experience.

Course Content

Describe sexual and gender-based violence as a public health problem within the COVID-19 pandemic context.

  • Prevalence of SGBV
  • Consequences of SGBV
    • On the victim
    • Trauma and the brain
    • On society

Global emergencies and the effect on SGBV

  • Identify SGBV
    • Recognise the signs and symptoms that suggest SGBV
    • How to ask victims if they are being abused

Understanding your obligations as a healthcare practitioner under the law

  • Legal framework
  • Reporting suspected child abuse
  • Testifying in court
  • Professional and ethical considerations

Demonstrate Clinical skills appropriate to one’s profession and speciality

  • Relevant clinical assessment
  • Medical treatment and follow up
  • Psychosocial support

Resources and support for patients and healthcare professionals:

  • Risk assessment

Self-care for healthcare professionals

  • Completion of the J88 form: Relate how to report suspected child abuse
    • Prepare to collect evidence with the J88
    • Conduct history taking and a general examination
    • Determine if physical injuries are present in the victim


Participants are required to complete all the assessments linked to each module in order to receive a certificate of completion and a CPD certificate. Each module is accompanied by MCQ’s for which a minimum of 70% needs to be obtained in order to successfully pass the assessment opportunity. Partial completion will not qualify the participant for any CPD points.


The minimum period for completion is 12-hours


Accredited according to the HPCSA Medical and Dental Board Guidelines for Healthcare Professionals for 11 Clinical and 2 Ethical CEU's on Level 2.


FPD will award successful participants with a certificate of completion upon successfully completing all the assessment linked to each module. Partial completion will not qualify for any CPD points.

When Can You Enrol

This course is immediately accessible through means of scholarships to Medical Practitioners that are registered with the HPCSA.


This course is Supported and made possible by Absa Group Limited (Absa) to Medical Practitioners that are registered with their respective council.