Mental health consequences of violence against women

Jane Fisher, Meena Cabral de Mello

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Gender-based violence includes any actions or behaviours that cause physical, sexual or psychological harm or suffering to women in their families, the general community or perpetrated by the state. Women are more likely than men to be subjected to most forms of interpersonal violence across the life course. Violent transgressions of the human rights of girls and women begin prior to birth and include selective abortion of female foetuses, childhood maltreatment, female genital mutilation, trafficking for sex work, forced marriage, sexual violence during armed conflict, neighbourhood violence and intimate partner violence. Gender-based violence is a very well established risk factor for mental health problems including depressive, anxiety, personality, adjustment and post-traumatic stress disorders and suicidal behaviours. Women with mental health problems require gender-competent care in which experiences of interpersonal violence are assessed and addressed. Mental health for all can only be realized with equality of human rights; including to personal safety, resources and full social and economic participation.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationViolence and Mental Health
Subtitle of host publicationIts Manifold Faces
EditorsJutta Lindert, Itzhak Levav
Place of PublicationDordrecht The Netherlands
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9789401789998
ISBN (Print)9789401789981
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015

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