Gender-based violence and EMDR therapy


According to WHO (2013) 30% of all women who ever lived in a partnership experience physical or sexual violence by a partner. The phenomenon of Gender-Based Violence (GBV) is a violation of women’s human rights and a form of discrimination against women. Violence against women is a manifestation of the historically unequal power relations between men and women. One of the consequences of this leads to domination over and discrimination against women by men. This constitutes a violation of human rights. This workshop will outline how EMDR Therapy can be used as a trauma intervention with this important vulnerable population. It will further highlight the need to promote and enhance awareness and explore why GBV needs to be an essential and explicit element within EMDR humanitarian projects.






Derek Farrell

Original Work Citation

Farrell, D. (2016, June). Gender-based violence and EMDR therapy. Presentation at the at the 17th EMDR Europe Association Conference, The Hague



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