Review of Gender-based violence and depression in women: A feminist group work response.

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Reviews the book, Gender-Based Violence and Depression in Women: A Feminist Group Work Response by Deborah Western (2013). In the last few decades, worldwide attention regarding violence against women has progressively increased and gender-based violence towards women has slowly been recognised as a violation of women's basic human rights. According to the author of this book, women are twice as likely as men to experience depression; around 20% of them may expect to become depressed during the course of their lives. It was the intersectionality between these two lenses that prompted Deborah Western, a social worker in Australia, with a background in child and family welfare, sexual assault and family violence, to devise a programme to help such women. Her programme involved women writing journals which were then shared in women's 'journaling' groups. Genderbased violence and depression in women is an account of this practice. Western's work is useful from both a practical and theoretical perspective. It has the potential to inspire individuals to begin their own private journaling routines for continual personal development, and also welfare workers interested in setting up their own version of a WJG Programme. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2016 APA, all rights reserved)

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  • *Feminism
  • *Human Females
  • *Journal Writing
  • *Social Group Work
  • *Violence
  • Major Depression

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