Advertisement

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

  • Deborah Western
Chapter
Part of the SpringerBriefs in Social Work book series (BRIEFSSOWO)

Abstract

This chapter provides an overview of the central concepts in this text before a more in-depth exploration in later chapters. The central concepts are gender-based violence against women; the notion of gender; depression in women; human rights and public health frameworks; critical feminist theories; the concept of intersectionality and its contribution to critical feminist theoretical understandings and the links between violence against women and the subsequent development of depression in women. This overview also provides a context within which an understanding of the central concepts and of the rationale and underpinnings of the Women’s Journaling Group Programme model can be situated.

Keywords

Gender Violence against women Gender-based violence Critical feminist theory Intersectionality Public health Human rights Prevalence 

References

  1. Access Economics (2004) The cost of domestic violence to the Australian economy: parts 1 & 2. Partnerships against domestic violence. Commonwealth of Australia, CanberraGoogle Scholar
  2. Alston M (2013) Gender-based violence in post-disaster recovery situations: an emerging public health issue. In: Keerty Nakray (ed) Gender-based violence and public health. Routledge, London and New York, pp 95–107 Google Scholar
  3. Astbury J (2001) Gender disparities in mental health. In: Mental health: ministerial round tables 2001, 54th world health assemble. World Health Organisation, GenevaGoogle Scholar
  4. Australian Bureau of Statistics (2007) National survey of mental health and wellbeing: summary of results. Australian Bureau of Statistics, CanberraGoogle Scholar
  5. Beydoun H, Beydoun M, Kaufman J, Lo B, Zonderman A (2012) Intimate partner violence against adult women and its association with major depressive disorder, depressive symptoms and post-partum depression: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Soc Sci Med 75(6):959–975 Google Scholar
  6. Calvete E, Corral S, Estévez A (2007) Cognitive and coping mechanisms in the interplay between intimate partner violence and depression. Anxiety Stress Coping Int J 20(4):369–382CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  7. Cusack S (2009) Advancing women’s rights through human rights law: possibilities and practical action. University of New South Wales. Australian Domestic and Family Violence Clearinghouse, SydneyGoogle Scholar
  8. Davis K (2008) Intersectionality as buzzword: a sociology of science perspective on what makes a feminist theory successful. Feminist Theor 9(1):67–85CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  9. Department of Victorian Communities (2003) The indigenous family violence task force—final report, 123. Department of Victorian Communities, VictoriaGoogle Scholar
  10. Devries K, Watts C, Yoshihama M, Kiss L, Schraiber L, Deyessa N, Heise L, Durand J, Mbwambo J, Jansen H, Berhane Y, Ellsberg M, Garcia-Moreno C (2011) Violence against women is strongly associated with suicide attempts: evidence from the WHO multi-country study on women’s health and domestic violence against women. Soc Sci Med 73:79–86CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  11. Filson J, Ulloa E, Runfola C, Hokoda A (2010) Does powerlessness explain the relationship between intimate partner violence and depression? J Interpers Violence 25(3):400–415CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  12. Garcia-Moreno C, Watts C (2011) Violence against women: an urgent public health priority. Bull World Health Organ 89(2):2–3CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  13. Herman J (1992) Trauma and recovery: from domestic abuse to political terror. Basic Books, LondonGoogle Scholar
  14. Kirkwood D (2012) ‘Just say goodbye’. Parents who kill their children in the context of separation. Discussion Paper No. 8. Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria, MelbourneGoogle Scholar
  15. Meyering I (2011) What factors shape community attitudes to domestic violence? University of New South Wales. Australian Domestic and Family Violence Clearinghouse, SydneyGoogle Scholar
  16. Mouzos J, Makkai T (2004) Women’s experiences of male violence: findings from the Australian component of the international violence against women survey (IVAWS). Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology, Research and Public Policy Series, No. 56Google Scholar
  17. Nakray K (2013) Gender-based violence: a framework for public health budgets and policies. In: Nakray K (ed) Gender-based violence and public health. Routledge, London, pp 15–29Google Scholar
  18. Nixon J, Humphreys C (2010) Marshalling the evidence: using intersectionality in the domestic violence frame. Soc Polit 17(2):137–158CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  19. Reed E, Raj A, Miller E, Silverman J (2010) Losing the “Gender” in gender-based violence: the missteps of research on dating and intimate partner violence. Violence Against Women 16(3):348–354CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  20. Ross S, Frere M, Healey L, Humphreys C (2011) A whole of government strategy for family violence reform. Aust J Public Adm 70(2):131–142CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  21. Sokoloff N, Dupont I (2005) Domestic violence at the intersections of race, class and gender: challenges and contributions to understanding violence against marginalized women in diverse communities. Violence Against Women 11(1):38–64CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  22. True J (2012) The political economy of violence against women. Oxford University Press, New YorkCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  23. UN News Centre (2012) States have obligation to eliminate violence against women—UN officials. http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=43624 Accessed 7 Jan 2013
  24. UN Women (2010) Virtual Knowledge Centre to end violence against women and girls. http://www.endvawnow.org/en/articles/299-fast-facts-statistics-on-violence-against-women-and-girls-.html Accessed 28 May 2013
  25. United Nations (1993) UN Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women. GenevaGoogle Scholar
  26. VicHealth (2007) Preventing violence before it occurs: a framework and background paper to guide the primary prevention of violence against women in Victoria. Melbourne: Victorian Health Promotion Foundation.Google Scholar
  27. Vos T, Astbury J, Piers L, Magnus A, Heenan M, Stanley L, Walker L, Webster K (2006) Measuring the impact of intimate partner violence on the health of women in Victoria, Australia. Bull World Health Organ 84:739–744CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  28. Western D, Mason R (2013) Gender-based violence in Australia: a state-based joined-up approach. In: Nakray Keerty (ed) Gender-based violence and public health. Routledge, London, pp 79–92Google Scholar
  29. World Health Organisation (2005) WHO multi-country study on women’s health and domestic violence against women: summary report of initial results on prevalence, health outcomes and women’s responses. Geneva, World Health OrganizationGoogle Scholar

Copyright information

© The Author(s) 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Monash UniversityCaufield EastAustralia

Personalised recommendations