An in-Depth Study of Ethics and Values Within Social Work; Domestic Violence

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An in-depth study of ethics and values within social work; domestic violence | Social Work Report | Gavin Simpson |


Short term aim:
Raise awareness for current and future social workers about the ethical dilemmas they face whilst dealing with domestic abuse cases. I also aim to complete this assignment for the purposes of completing an Access to Social Work Diploma.
Long term aim:
Bring this subject to the attention of social workers who are likely to face at some point in their career; a client suffering domestic abuse and being faced with a dilemma of how to protect the service user whilst maintaining autonomy of the service user.



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Domestic abuse that includes physical violence is called domestic violence.
Domestic violence and abuse are used for one purpose and one purpose only: to gain and maintain total control over you. An abuser doesn’t “play fair.” Abusers use fear, guilt, shame, and intimidation to wear you down and keep you under his or her thumb. Your abuser may also threaten you, hurt you, or hurt those around you.

The Hampton Trust supports the Home Office definition of domestic abuse which states:
“Any incident of threatening behaviour, violence or abuse (psychological, physical, sexual, financial or emotional) between adults who are or have been intimate partners or family members, regardless of gender or sexuality.” This includes issues of concern to black and minority ethnic (BME) communities such as so called ‘honour killings’. What is an ethical dilemma? An ethical dilemma in its narrowest definition is “a choice between two equally unwelcome alternatives relating to human welfare” (Banks, 1995). However, ethically problematic situations are inherent in social work practice,

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