This publication looks at restoring connections: between the public and private worlds; between individuals and communities;
and between men and women. The author, a psychiatrist, makes the link between the "heroic" suffering of men in war and political
struggle, and the degraded suffering of women through rape, incest and domestic violence. She identifies a fresh diagnostic
category for those suffering from "hidden" traumas, and proposes a recovery programme which favours a process of reintegration.
With a new afterword, Judith Lewis Herman describes the controversy ignited by her work, the new research to emerge in this
field of psychology and the far-reaching implications of this text on trauma situations worldwide.