EMDR therapy and gender-based violence


The phenomenon of Gender-Based Violence (GBV) is a violation of women’s human rights and involves fundamental domination over and discrimination against women. This presentation will focus upon the issue of GBV within the context of trauma capacity building. Country case studies will be used including Iraq, Cambodia and Myanmar. In August 2014 Islamic State of Iraq & Syria (ISIS) launched an attack on the Yezidi Population in Kurdistan, Northern Iraq. This act of genocide targeted young woman – sold into sex slavery. The presentation will highlight the current work being undertaken in working with Yezidi survivors. It will further highlight the need to promote and enhance awareness and explore why GBV needs to be an essential and explicit element within trauma capacity building projects. The workshop will then explore how EMDR Therapy can be used with this important population using the Standard protocol, Blind -2 –Therapist Protocol, Inverted Protocol and Flash-Forwards.






Derek Farrell

Original Work Citation

Farrell, D. (2017, April). EMDR therapy and gender-based violence. Preconference presentation (Mowadat Husain Rana, Chair) at the 3rd EMDR Asia International Conference, Shanghai, China



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