EMDR for gender-based violence in Aceh: A case study


This article reports on a case of the gender-based violence in Aceh Province, Indonesia, treated by the author using the full protocol EMDR. The Aceh Province, Indonesia was under martial law in consequence of 30 years political conflict between Gerakan Aceh Merdeka (GAM – Aceh Freedom Movement) and Government of Indonesia (GoI). After the GAM and GoI signed a peace agreement in 2005, also known as MoU Helsinki, as the case of conflict violence between GAM and GoI is reduced, resports illustrates an increasing number of violence against women and children in Aceh until 2018. The reports not only reveals the increasing numbers of violence against women and children, but also the form of violence at a recent time developed as more brutal acts (website P2TP2A, 2018). Treatment using EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) indicate positive results. Full protocol EMDR was successfully administer to the case and show promising result from which survivor experience changes in several aspects such as new “inisght” and “belief”. This report followed by a summary of the case supported by quantitative and qualitative data. Six-month follow-up data showed maintenance of treatment effects. Transcripts from a semistructured telephone interview were analyzed using qualitative method, which identified 3 themes: the traumatic experiences, the shame-based trauma and therapeutic alliance.






Yulia Direzkia

Original Work Citation

Direzkia, Y. (2020, January). EMDR for gender-based violence in Aceh: A case study. Paper presented at the 4th EMDR Asia International Conference, Bangkok, Thailand



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