Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 2009
This description of Marion Steffens's work was prepared when Marion Steffens was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2009.
Marion Steffens is introducing a new kind of support infrastructure for victims of domestic abuse. Her "GESINE network for health and intervention against domestic violence" responds to the lack of training among health care professionals to recognize and adequately react to signs of domestic violence. Marion's network reaches victims at the moment they visit a doctor, regardless of whether the visit directly follows an incident or not. By documenting injuries correctly, treating indirect health effects, and connecting victims to counseling and battered women shelters, Marion closes gaps in the support infrastructure for the many victims who would otherwise not seek nor find help.
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