1st Edition

Working with Domestic Violence Contexts and Frameworks for Practice

By Deborah Walsh Copyright 2019
    178 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    178 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This textbook equips social workers and human services practitioners with the knowledge and skills to work effectively with both the victims and perpetrators of domestic violence.

    Written to address the needs of the social work and human services student learner, the book covers a range of domestic violence issues that will prepare the student for practice. With an underlying structural feminist conceptual framework that works towards empowering service users whilst challenging the structures that perpetuate violence, Working with Domestic Violence includes:

    • 18 chapters covering the broad spectrum of issues that arise from working with domestic violence
    • A clear practice framework for applying theoretical knowledge when working with individuals and families in domestic violence contexts
    • Practice tips, key facts, case examples, activities, and reflective questions designed to enhance the reader’s engagement with the ideas, debates, and practice challenges introduced in the text
    • An extensive index and glossary to support student understanding of the material
    • A user-friendly and engaging style that will find application as an entire course book as well as for students or lecturers interested in selecting individual chapters for certain modules

    Working with Domestic Violence is essential reading for students undertaking undergraduate and postgraduate coursework courses in social work and human services, and those completing a postgraduate counselling qualification. The book will also be a valuable resource for students of community work, youth work, education, nursing and other allied health courses, community services, disability, and welfare studies.

    Preface; Acknowledgements; Chapter 1: Introduction; Part I. The Social and Political Context of Domestic; Chapter 2: The Historical Influences on Contemporary Issues of Domestic Violence; Chapter 3: Theories of Causation; Chapter 4: Definitional Dilemmas; Chapter 5: Myths, Facts and Stats on Domestic Violence; Chapter 6: Why Women Stay in Domestic Violence Situations; Chapter 7: Men as Victims; Part II. Issues, Risks and the Legal Context; Chapter 8: Violence again Women; Chapter 9: Same Sex Violence; Chapter 10: Domestic Violence and Migration; Chapter 11: Impact on Children and Young People; Chapter 12: The Domestic Violence Helping System; Chapter 13: The Legal System; Part III. Social Work and Human Service Practice; Chapter 14: Risk Assessment and Safety Plans for Social Work and Human Service Practice; Chapter 15: Working with Women who have Experienced Domestic and Family Violence; Chapter 16: Working with Offenders/Perpetrators; Chapter 17: Self-Care and Frameworks for Practice; Chapter 18: Resources; Glossary of Terms; Index


    Deborah Walsh, PhD is a social work practitioner who is a specialist in domestic and family violence work. She has 20 years’ experience working with women victim/survivors of domestic and family violence, together with nine years’ experience running intervention programs for domestically violent men. Deborah is currently lecturing at the University of Queensland in the Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences, School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work. She developed one of Australia’s first risk assessment frameworks for use in family violence work and conducted a landmark Australian study on the level, extent, and nature of violence against women during pregnancy.