The Centre for Social Sciences Research (CSSR) and the  Institute for Democracy, Citizenship and Public Policy in Africa  (IDCPPA) at the University of Cape Town invites you to join us for a lunchtime seminar on 03 October 2023 presented by Monica Carvalheiro at 12:45pm. 

About the Seminar:

Do hormones keep the score? The relationship between domestic violence and hormones in post-menopausal women

Domestic violence (DV) is a pernicious public health issue affecting over 30% of women globally (WHO, 2021). The long-term impact of domestic violence on mental and physical health as well as stress-related hormones has been well documented, but its effect on other important endocrine systems such as sex-related hormones controlled by the reproductive system has so far been under-researched. It is understood that a disruption to certain sex-related hormones can lead to an early menopause. Research has shown increased risk of developing severe disease such as depression, stroke, and cardiovascular disease after menopause, hence emphasizing the detriment of an early menopause to a woman’s health. This research project aimed to cross- sectionally and longitudinally examine the different relationships between experiencesof domestic violence and the sex-related hormones Dehydroepiandrosterone-sulfate (DHEA(S)), Estradiol(E2) and Testosterone. These relationships were examined over seven years in a cohort of Australian women.


Monica Carvalheiro is a research assistant for the Adolescent Accelerators Research Hub at the Centre for Social Science Research. Monica’s primary focus is on the Global Fund project where she is working on evidence reviews. Monica has a MSc in Biomedical Science and a BSc in Neuroscience from the University of Melbourne.


 03 October 2023
 12:45 - 14:00 SAST
  CSSR Seminar Room, 4.29 Robert Leslie Social Science Building, UCT

Hosted by the Centre for Social Science Research and the Institute for Democracy, Citizenship and Public Policy in Africa