Dear ladies and gentlemen, dear colleagues,

interpersonal violence is known in many forms. Sexual abuse, physical mistreatment in families and intimate relationships, rape, torture, rampage or acts of war are affecting many people in our societies.

The consequences of extreme violence can be severe and enduring traumatizations, showing themselves on physical, mental and social levels. Clinically, we are not only confronted with the symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder but in many cases also with sequelae such as personality changes, anxiety disorders, depression, somatization disorders, and pain syndromes. And, besides the individual person affected, families and entire societies are suffer from civil wars or genocide/ mass destruction over several generations.

For about 150 years, with the beginning of industrialization and reinforced in the aftermath of World Wars I and II, human scientists as well as natural scientists have been engaged with traumatized people. They have developed diverse suggestions and criteria for diagnosis and therapy. Today, psychotraumatology seems to be almost too broad to be overlooked completely, it has become more and more differentiated among disciplines. However, studies on this topic have not only lead to important new findings and treatments in medicine, neurobiology, and psychology, but have also reached the humanities and social sciences as well as political systems.

Which concept of trauma do we agree upon today regarding extreme interpersonal violence, the so-called “man-made disasters”? Which results does recent research in neurobiology and neuroendocrinology provide? What is the “state of the art” in studies concerning the sequelae of trauma? Are new developments in trauma therapy able to cope with this complexity?

We invite you to discuss these questions at the international meeting on “The impact of interpersonal violence” in Giessen in September, where experts will lecture on their recent findings. Current therapeutical concepts and research perspectives shall be presented and be discussed regarding their scientific and clinical impact.

We are looking forward to meeting you at this conference in Giessen.


Prof. Dr. med. Johannes Kruse
Prof. Dr. med. Frank Leweke
Dipl.-Psych. Mareike Hofmann
Dr. Elke Mühlleitner
Dr. Markus Stingl

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