If you are working with or assisting women survivors of gender-based violence or involved in training of helpers working directly with survivors, this is a good resource for you.

15.02 2022

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Dear colleague, welcome to our Gender Based Violence Training Manual page.

We hope that this low-threshold manual will be useful in your work and that you will benefit from the knowledge presented in it. For easy access to information about the content of the manual please watch our tutorials.

You can find the manual in each of these languages: English, Spanish, Russian, Arabic, Portuguese, Nepalese, Ukrainian and Mongolian

In each of the modules, you can select either the download format or the online reading format. You can also find the manual and other support elements in different languages.


The manual explains, among other things, how trauma affects mental health. It refers to methods and techniques that can be used to meet the psychological needs of women survivors of sexual abuse in contexts of war and conflict. The handbook can also be useful for people who already have knowledge and experience in the field.

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The women GBV toolbox is a collection of the tools presented in the training manual. The intention is to give you a small sized, easy to handle sample. It contains grounding exercises, the story of the butterfly woman, window of tolerance and other tools.

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The manual is designed for those who work with or come into contact with women who may have been subjected to sexual violence in connection with acts of war, flight or in the country of reception. In addition to the manual, we introduce the GBV manual flyer.

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Some core elements of the manual

  • A human rights-based approach
  • With a gender perspective
  • Mental health / psychological consequences of trauma
  • Resource-oriented (respect / opportunities / hope)
  • Focus on the helper
  • Metaphors, symbols, and stories
  • Psychoeducational approach
  • Own experiences and reactions / Body-oriented exercises
  • Culturally sensitive
  • Tools – stabilization, and grounding exercises

Click here to access our self-study online training, and apply for a certificate.


To be able to obtain the MHHRI GBV training certificate, please submit your feedback regarding the training you have completed, including feedback on course structure and content. You can submit your feedback after going through the manual and watching the tutorials. In order to receive the certificate we anticipate that your reply reflects your understanding of the topics discussed. Please let us know that you have submitted the questionnaire by sending an e-mail to post@hhri.org