Online proceedings for the IRCT General Assembly and 10th International Scientific Symposium - Delivering on the Promise of the Right to Rehabilitation

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Mental health and gender-based violence: Helping survivors of sexual violence in conflict: A manual

Presenter(s) and co-author(s): Dr. Nora Sveaass ( University of Oslo - Norway )


A Manual developed by Health and Human Rights Info (HHRI) with the aim of training personnel working with survivors of sexual violence in conflict will be presented. The manual was first launched in October 2014 after having been “piloted” in 5 different countries as part of the preparations. The Manual is constructed as a training course including theoretical perspectives on trauma, in particular those after sexual violence, as well as tools, exercises and approaches when dealing with this form of serious human rights violations. The manual is explicitly based on the principles of human rights.


The manual was developed based on training that had been offered to personnel working with sexually traumatized women in Congo as well as clinical work with rape victims in different contexts, in particular as part of armed conflict. The draft was extensively piloted and based of feedback and experiences it was finalized and is now disseminated to a number of places. The manual is in English as of today but parts of it has been translated into Spanish making the application in Spanish speaking countries better.


As this is a presentation of a training manual it is too early to conclude anything here. The Manual and attached information about its construction and use can be found at

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The project has been founded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Norway and the Mental Health Project, Norway

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