Gender-based violence and mental health

Zuchowski, Ines (2014) Gender-based violence and mental health. In: Francis, Abraham P., (ed.) Social Work in Mental Health: areas of practice, challenges and way forward. SAGE Publications, New Delhi, India, pp. 97-117.

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Abstract

[Extract] Violence against women is a serious violation of human rights, yet women across the globe experience violence in private and public domains. Women are disproportionally affected by ' ... gender-based violence, socioeconomic disadvantage, low income and income inequality, low or subordinate social status and rank and unremitting responsibility for the care of others' (World Health Organization [WHO] 2012). Violence has been identified as the leading cause of injury and harm against women and as the most common and exemplary cause for depression in women.

In this chapter, the connection of women's experience of violence and mental health is explored. Consideration is given to the extent and type of violence that women experience and the impact of it on their lives, with a particular focus on women's mental health. Social workers worldwide are responding to women who might have experienced violence and whose mental health is affected by this experience. Social workers are also engaged in community development aiming to improve the well-being of the community as a: whole. As such it is important for social workers to have a sound practice framework that enables them to address gender-based violence. Social workers need to be equipped to deliver appropriate practice intervention at micro, meso and macro levels. Social work practice strategies and practice reflections for working with women, violence and mental health issues will be outlined and questions for consideration will be raised.

Item ID: 34321
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-81-321-1740-7
Keywords: violence; gender-based violence; mental health; violence against women; micro level work; meso level work; macro level work; social work
Date Deposited: 07 Aug 2014 05:39
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1607 Social Work > 160799 Social Work not elsewhere classified @ 50%
16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1607 Social Work > 160701 Clinical Social Work Practice @ 50%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920209 Mental Health Services @ 100%
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