Violence and the Life Span of women and Girls

"Over time as most people fail the survivor's exacting test of trustworthiness, she tends to withdraw from relationships. The isolation of the survivor thus persists even after she is free."  — Judith Lewis Herman (Trauma and Recovery: The Aftermath of Violence - From Domestic Abuse to Political Terror)

Gender-based violence through the life Span of Women and Girls


Violence against girls and women occurs at different points in their lifecycle. Many women experience multiple episodes of violence that may start in the prenatal period and continue through childhood to adulthood and old age. The table describes violence that may be experienced at different points in a girl's/woman's lifecycle. The lifecycle approach to gender-based violence helps one understand the cumulative impact of violence experienced by girls and women, especially in terms of its physical and mental health consequences. Source: WHO 2005, Integrating Poverty and Gender into Health Programmes: A Sourcebook for Health Professionals, p. 5-6

Integrating Poverty and Gender into Health Programmes A Sourcebook for Health Professionals

 (Source: Strengthening Health System Responses to Gender-based Violence in Eastern Europe and Central Asia)