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Unit 5: Providing Treatment and Related Counseling


This unit explains the appropriate treatment and counseling for survivors of sexual violence.


By the end of this unit, participants will:

  • Provide appropriate treatment for adult and children survivors of sexual violence, including:
    • Emergency contraception
    • Pregnancy testing, pregnancy options information, and safe abortion care/referral to the full extent of the law
    • Presumptive treatment of STIs
    • Post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) to prevent HIV transmission
    • Prevention of hepatitis B and HPV
    • Care of wounds and prevention of tetanus
  • Demonstrate supportive, accurate counseling to survivors.

Timing & Methodology

Total: 210 minutes (3 hours, 30 minutes)

  • 20 minutes: Small Group Work: Case Study
  • 40 minutes: Facilitator Presentation and Group Discussion
  • 45 minutes: Group Activity: Treatment Decisions Case Studies
  • 30 minutes: Facilitator Presentation and Group Discussion
  • 75 minutes: Group Activity: Counseling Role Play


  • Print, download, and gather materials
  • Research the PEP protocol used in the setting and update slides 115-116
  • Research the local STI treatment protocols before the training and update slide 124

Resources Available Online

Sexual and reproductive health services remain critical during COVID-19

IAWG members and partners are producing clinical and programmatic guidance, assessments, policy papers, and statements to ensure continued prioritization of sexual and reproductive health and rights throughout COVID-19 response in humanitarian settings.