SpringerBriefs in Social Work

Gender-based Violence and Depression in Women

A Feminist Group Work Response

Authors: Western, Deborah

  • ​Focuses on depression in women as a result of violence
  • Written from a feminist and gender-informed perspective
  • Introduces an innovative and creative group work program
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About this book

​​​​Social workers, in whatever capacity they work, can expect to come into contact with women who have experienced/are experiencing violence and with women who are experiencing depression.  Therefore, a range of social work supports and interventions are required in order to meet the needs of diverse women and assist them in their recovery.  One of these methods is group work where women can share their experiences, learn from each other, reflect on their learnings and identify and achieve changes in their circumstances.  This book is based on original research by the author that sought to understand depression in women from a feminist and gender-informed perspective, develop a feminist-based group work response, and highlight the activities of consciousness-raising and resistance as methods for women to achieve change in their lives and in their selves.  An innovative and creative group work program, the Women’s Journaling Group Program, was developed from this research and provides a new method of working with women who have experienced/are experiencing violence and mild-moderate depression. The Women’s Journaling Group Program is research-informed, theoretically-grounded, practice-based and feminist and gender-focused. This book, and the program model within it, is an important contribution to the field of critical feminist social work practice.​

About the authors

Dr. Deborah Western (BA, BSW, PhD) is a social worker with extensive practice experience in the fields of child and family welfare, sexual assault and family violence. She has worked for the peak body for family violence organisations in Victoria, Australia and sits on the Boards of Management of two family violence organisations in Melbourne, Australia. Deb has researched and published in the fields of family violence and violence against women more generally and in 2003 published Inside Out: A Journaling Kit. She is a researcher in the Gender, Leadership and Social Sustainability (GLASS) research unit in the Social Work department at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia and lectures there in undergraduate and postgraduate social work courses. Her research interests include women and mental health, gender, feminist practice, and violence against women.

Reviews

From the reviews:

“Each focusing on a different yet related aspect of violence against women, the 10 chapters can be read as a whole or individually for their specific emphases. … The book is important for practitioners who run groups and who work with women. … useful as a text for graduate courses in group counseling and techniques and in gender and feminist courses And it is very useful for academics who wish to transcend the mentality and constraints of empirically validated treatments for various categories of psychopathology.” (Mary Ballou, PsycCRITIQUES, Vol. 59 (3), January, 2014)

Table of contents (11 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Western, Deborah

    Pages 1-7

  • An Introductory Visit to a Women’s Journaling Group

    Western, Deborah

    Pages 9-11

  • A Conceptual and Contextual Background for Gender-based Violence and Depression in Women

    Western, Deborah

    Pages 13-22

  • Gender-based Violence Against Women and Human Rights

    Western, Deborah

    Pages 23-31

  • Depression in Women

    Western, Deborah

    Pages 33-44

Buy this book

eBook $39.99
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  • ISBN 978-1-4614-7532-3
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  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover $49.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-4614-7531-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Gender-based Violence and Depression in Women
Book Subtitle
A Feminist Group Work Response
Authors
Series Title
SpringerBriefs in Social Work
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-4614-7532-3
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4614-7532-3
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4614-7531-6
Series ISSN
2195-3104
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 102
Number of Illustrations and Tables
3 b/w illustrations
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