Social Work and Family Violence: Theories, Assessment, and Intervention

Social Work and Family Violence: Theories, Assessment, and Intervention

by Joan McClennen
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Social Work and Family Violence: Theories, Assessment, and Intervention

To competently serve families, social work students must understand the theories and issues surrounding family violence. This innovative textbook comprehensively discusses three types of family violence: child abuse and maltreatment, intimate partner violence, and elder abuse.

Discussions on assessments and interventions are provided for the adult victims of family violence, adult survivors of child abuse, child witnesses of domestic violence, adolescent victims of dating violence, elderly victims, and perpetrators of abuse. Assessment procedures and evidence-based treatments are also discussed. This book also covers a broad range of vulnerable populations and addresses their needs for particular services, legislative action, and strategies for effective intervention. The book meets the criteria of the Council on Social Work Education with its focus on ethics, populations-at-risk, and diversity.

Intended for both bachelor's- and master's-level social work students, this text includes a variety of features such as case studies from real-life stories of family violence in every chapter, key terms, discussion questions, and more.

Key topics:

  • Court structures and procedures, specialized court services for families experiencing violence, investigative interviewing, and social workers' roles within the judicial system
  • Identifying and investigating child maltreatment, discussing symptoms and consequences, child interviewing, ethical dilemmas of mandated reporting, and the foster care system
  • Intimate partner violence, including theoretical perspectives, laws and policies, financial costs, learned helplessness, the battered woman syndrome, orders of protection, mandatory arrest, and more
  • Elder abuse, including an overview of theories, assessments, risk factors, Adult Protective Services, caregiver interventions, and more

Instructor's Guide:
Available as an electronic file, the instructor's guide features a sample syllabus suitable for a Family Violence course. It also features chapter objectives, questions (multiple choice, true/false, and discussion) and answers, and PowerPoint slides for each chapter. Qualified instructors may contact us to receive the files. To request a copy, please email

Product Details

ISBN-13: 2900826111325
Publisher: Springer Publishing Company
Publication date: 02/08/2010
Edition description: Older Edition
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 1.50(h) x 9.50(d)

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Acknowledgments xix

Chapter 1 Introduction to Family Violence 1

Categories of Family Violence 2

Family Health Perspective 2

Family Violence and the NASW Code of Ethics 3

Social Workers and Family Violence 3

Summary 5

Chapter 2 Introduction to Child Maltreatment 11

Theoretical Perspectives of Child Maltreatment 12

Brief Historical Time Line of Child Welfare Policies 14

Other Child Welfare Agencies 18

Other Policies That Affect Child Welfare 19

Definitions and Types of Child Maltreatment 20

Prevalence of Child Maltreatment 23

Summary 26

Chapter 3 Identifying and Investigating Child Maltreatment 33

Identifying Child Maltreatment 34

Reporting Child Maltreatment 39

Legal and Ethical Issues in Reporting 43

Investigation and Child Protective Services 45

Summary 52

Chapter 4 The Criminal Justice System and Child Maltreatment 57

Government Branches and Laws 58

The Criminal Justice System 59

Other Professional Roles in Child Maltreatment 62

Issues in Child Interviewing 65

Testifying in Court 67

Summary 71

Chapter 5 Consequences of Child Maltreatment and Continuum of Care 79

Consequences of Child Maltreatment 81

Symptoms Exhibited by Maltreated Children 83

Services for Maltreated Children 86

Children in Foster Care 89

Summary 91

Chapter 6 Assessment and Intervention in Child Maltreatment 99

Assessments of Maltreated Children 101

Interventions With Maltreated Children 104

Additional Interventions With Maltreated Children 108

Adult Survivors of Childhood Maltreatment 110

Summary 114

Chapter 7 Introduction to Intimate Partner Violence 123

IPV Defined 125

Prominent Theoretical Perspectives on IPV 125

Brief History of IPV Laws and Policies 128

Types of IPV 131

Prevalence and Incidence of IPV 133

Financial Costs of IPV 139

Summary 139

Chapter 8 Dynamics of Intimate Partner Violence 145

Power and Control 147

Cycle of Violence 147

Learned Helplessness 150

The Battered Woman Syndrome 151

Why Victims Stay 152

Summary 153

Chapter 9 The Criminal Justice System and Intimate Partner Violence 157

Orders of Protection 158

Mandatory Arrest 162

No-Drop Policies 163

Effectiveness of IPV Policies 164

Roles of Social Workers 166

Summary 167

Chapter 10 Assessment and Intervention With Victims of Intimate Partner Violence 173

Engaging the Client 175

Planning/Contracting With the Client 187

Implementation and Intervention 190

Social Workers' Professional Use of Self 197

Summary 198

Chapter 11 Child Witnesses of intimate Partner Violence 205

Child Abuse and IPV 206

The Impact on Child Witnesses 207

Impact by Children's Age 208

Social Workers in Child Abuse and Partner Violence Systems 210

Assessment of Child Witnesses 211

Intervention With Child Witnesses 212

Summary 213

Chapter 12 Perpetrators of Intimate Partner Violence 219

Characteristics of Perpetrators 221

Causal Theories and IPV 222

Typologies of Perpetrators 225

Assessment With IPV Perpetrators 226

Intervention/Treatment for Perpetrators 228

Program Evaluation 232

Summary 232

Chapter 13 Intimate Partner Violence Among Diverse and At-Risk Populations 241

Women, Welfare, and IPV 243

Older Battered Women 243

Rural Women and IPV 244

Female Perpetrators of Violence 245

Persons With Disabilities and IPV 246

Culture and IPV 247

Same Gender-Oriented Partner Abuse 251

Summary 254

Chapter 14 Introduction to Elder Abuse 261

Elder Abuse Defined 264

Types of Elder Abuse 265

Prevalence of Elder Abuse 267

Theories of Elder Abuse 269

Key Legislation for Elders and Elder Abuse 270

Summary 270

Chapter 15 Identifying and Investigating Elder Abuse 275

Risk Factors 276

Assessing Elder Abuse 277

Reporting Elder Abuse 278

Adult Protective Services 279

Criminal Justice System 281

Summary 282

Chapter 16 Elder Abuse Assessment and Intervention 289

Assessment 290

Intervention 293

Caregiver Interventions 295

Summary 296

Chapter 17 Prevention of Family Violence 301

Preventing Child Maltreatment 306

Preventing Intimate Partner Violence 310

Preventing Elder Abuse 312

Summary 313

Appendix A Child Protective Services by State 319

Appendix B Adult Protective Services Hotline Numbers by State 325

Appendix C Prevention Programs 331

Index 335

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