Summary: Ethics In Domestic Violence Research

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Ellsberg, M., & Heise, L. (2002). Bearing witness: Ethics in domestic violence research. The Lancet, 359(9317), 1599-604. Retrieved from
In this article, Mary Ellsberg, and Lori Heise, focus on the basic moral principles of decision making regarding domestic violence. The main purpose of the moral principles is to help counselors maximize the safety of all clients in an ethically appropriate manner. The article mentions giving clients the skills to live with their client and remain safe. Also, letting the client feel safe and stress free during sessions. Therefore, the client will be more willing to share the details of their situation. The matter of confidentiality,
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(2001). Working with domestic violence: Ethical dilemmas in five theoretical approaches. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy, the, 22(2), 80-9. doi:10.1002/j.1467-8438.2001.tb01313.x
Sally Hunter addresses the five theoretical models and the ethical predicaments that revolve around domestic violence. The five theoretical models are the person centered approach, the feminist approach, Milan systemic, post-Milan feminist systemic, and the narrative invitation to responsibility approach. In relation to these approaches are the ethical principles autonomy, non-maleficence, and beneficence. For my article I will be discussing the ethical issue of autonomy. The issue of autonomy is to promote self-determination and independence in each client. However, when dealing with a client who is suffering from domestic abuse promoting autonomy could be difficult. It is a difficult task for a counselor to remain neutral and not impose their own value systems, which could break the client’s autonomy. By being understanding and sympathetic toward the client, which supports autonomy, could promote a furtherance of dealing with the
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E., Norton, P. G., Dunn, E. V., Gort, E. H., & al, e. (1997). Guidelines for managing domestic abuse when male and female partners are patients of the same physician. JAMA, 278(10), 851-7. Retrieved from
In this article, the ethical issue of the abuser and absusee having the same medical physician is addressed. This could be a very difficult situation for a medical professional to deal with but there are guidelines that are established. The guidelines are to deal with both patients independently and not to break confidentiality or autonomy. I will be addressing the issue of competence from this article. If this were a situation where a counselor was seeing both a victim and the abuser, this could be a very difficult situation to deal with. Is the counselor competent to deal with both parties? It could be frustrating to keep both clients separated since the issues are united. Also, if the counselor had an emotional attachment or was sympathetic to the victim could this become a bias against the abuser?

Tufford, L., Mishna, F., & Black, T. (2010). Mandatory reporting and child exposure to domestic violence: Issues regarding the therapeutic alliance with couples. Clinical Social Work Journal, 38(4), 426-434.

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