With survivors of sexual abuse and domestic violence


Domestic violence is a multifaceted complex trauma that can incorporate many attributes of violence be that physical, sexual, psychological, systemic and economic in nature and which can be both extremely overt and/ and covert. Internationally crime statistics highlight that domestic violence is predominantly a gendered crime and is a phenomenon common to all cultures. The British Crime Survey (2001) indicated that at least 1 in 4 women will experience some form of domestic violence in their lifetime. This workshop will consider some of the implications for using EMDR with this client group. The primary focus of the workshop will be upon the EMDR phases of history taking, preparation and the implications for desensitisation and reprocessing and the wider implications for EMDR clinical practice.






Derek Farrell

Original Work Citation

Farrell, D. (2010, July). With survivors of sexual abuse and domestic violence. Presentation at the 1st EMDR Asia Conference, Bali, Indonesia



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