Ethical Dilemmas In Domestic Violence

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Identify Ethical Dilemma
106, 882 represents the number of domestic violence crimes that were reported to the Florida law enforcement in 2014. This number is large, and unfortunately, it does not compare to the underestimated reality, that 22 – 55% of women face on a day to day basis in their own home (Florida 's Domestic Violence Statistics, 2014). The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (2015) defines domestic violence as “physical assault, sexual assault, and or abusive behavior as part of a systematic pattern and control perpetrated by one intimate partner against another.” Not only is domestic violence a criminal offense but it is a social problem that exist within our society. In this paper, I will discuss the ethical issues
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We all learn our values from young ages and these values become internalized through our adult years. In the field of social work, these values are vital to our practice and development (Barsky, 2009). Personally, I value social justice, physical safety, individual choice and autonomy and personal happiness (p. 14). I have a strong desire to advocate against those in higher power in order to stimulate change for those considered vulnerable. My values may be challenged because throughout professional practice, I cannot expect that my clients will hold the same values as I do. In considering this case, the personal values that I believe are relevant are social justice, integrity, physical safety and sanctity of …show more content…
It’s difficult because in this field, our personal values are often times replaced with professional values. First and foremost, I am committed to working with a client. This means I value uniqueness especially in others’ ways of thinking. Regardless of opposing views, I commit myself to helping a client through tough situations. Secondly, I also value my personal happiness, therefore, I would manage my personal values in social work by simply talking to another colleague about them. I don’t have to go into detail, but a conversation about values to enlighten the situation can help to bring an awareness to the topic of domestic violence. In order to manage my personal values, I need to explore them. I need to figure out for myself why I believe so strongly in the values I have. I want to feel good about my efforts and I want to feel as though I am helping this client resolve their situation. Once I find it in myself to temporarily set aside my personal values and biases, I can help this client because I’m developing the integrity and trust. I feel as though without this step I may become stagnated in my efforts to help. In order to help I must listen not simply hear my client. As a human she has the right to self – determination, especially with a situation that involves

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