© 2013

Gender-based Violence and Depression in Women

A Feminist Group Work Response

  • 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


Part of the SpringerBriefs in Social Work book series (BRIEFSSOWO)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Deborah Western
    Pages 1-7
  3. Deborah Western
    Pages 33-44
  4. Deborah Western
    Pages 55-64
  5. Deborah Western
    Pages 65-80
  6. Deborah Western
    Pages 99-99
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 101-102

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.​


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Monash UniversityCaufield EastAustralia

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.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Gender-based Violence and Depression in Women
  • Book Subtitle A Feminist Group Work Response
  • Authors Deborah Western
  • Series Title SpringerBriefs in Social Work
  • Series Abbreviated Title SpringerBriefs in Social Work
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Author(s) 2013
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science Behavioral Science and Psychology (R0)
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-4614-7531-6
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-4614-7532-3
  • Series ISSN 2195-3104
  • Series E-ISSN 2195-3112
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages VIII, 102
  • Number of Illustrations 3 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Social Work
    Psychotherapy and Counseling
  • Buy this book on publisher's site


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)