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Domestic Violence: A Cross-Cutting Issue for Social Workers. Universal Screening Risk Assessment .

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Domestic Violence: A Cross-Cutting Issue for Social Workers

Universal Screening Risk Assessment

Intervention

Child Welfare

High co-occurrence • Keep mother and children safe from abusive partner •

Does witnessing domestic violence

equal child maltreatment?

Child & Family Services

Assess for past & current violence before any family

or marital counseling

School

Social Work

Impact of witnessing

domestic violence on

children • Teen Dating Violence 1 in 5 teenage

girls experience physical

& sexual violence in

dating relationships

Mental Health

Impact of past or current

abuse on mental health of client • Trauma & PTSD • Increased risk for depression

& anxiety

Social Work

Fields of Practice

&

Domestic

Violence

Substance Abuse

High risk for women with HIV/AIDS • Impact of past or present violence on both

batterers & victims •

Associated with violence,

not a cause

Medical Social Work

Emergency Rooms •

Pediatrics • Increased

risk for pregnant

women and women

with disabilities.

Employee

Assistance Programs

Workplace policies that

support abused women •

Hold batterers accountable • Provide safety for workers • Stalking, violence at the workplace

Gerontology/Disabilities

Adult Protective

Services •Violence

Across the Lifespan •

Caretaker Abuse

Public

Assistance

TANF Waivers

• High

co-occurrence

with poverty

Developed by Fran Danis, Ph.D. , University of Missouri-Columbia

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