'Majority of intimate partner violence doesn't manifest with physical evidence'

In the past five years, 1 300 medical University of Cape Town (UCT) students have undergone training which helps them identify the signs of intimate partner violence.

Head of undergraduate obstetrics and gynaecology education at UCT Dr Chivaughn Gordon initiated the training.

She speaks to Azania Mosaka and details some of the signs that can be recognised when dealing with a victim intimate partner violence.

She says the vast majority of intimate partner violence does not manifest with physical evidence.

Firstly, it is important to understand that if victims of IPV [intimate partner violence] are going to go somewhere for help, they are going to go to a healthcare professional.

Dr Chivaughn Gordon, Head - Undergraduate obstetrics and gynaecology education - UCT

The misconception is that there is always going to be some kind of physical evidence of IPV whereas in fact the vast majority of intimate partner violence doesn't manifest with physical evidence.

Dr Chivaughn Gordon, Head - Undergraduate obstetrics and gynaecology education - UCT

People don't associate intimate partner violence or gender-based violence as being a healthcare issue but it has massive implications for healthcare and can be present in any different discipline.

Dr Chivaughn Gordon, Head - Undergraduate obstetrics and gynaecology education - UCT

Often the presence of a partner in the room who is trying to dominate the conversation and give all the answers is a red flag in itself and you can learn so much from somebody by the way they're interacting with you or not interacting with you.

Dr Chivaughn Gordon, Head - Undergraduate obstetrics and gynaecology education - UCT

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