The role of theory in promoting social work values and its potential effect on outcomes in work with domestically violent men

John Devaney, Anne Lazenbatt, Maurice Mahon

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This article is concerned with the ethical conflicts that arise for social workers when dealing with males that perpetrate violence against women and children with whom they have or had intimate relationships. In particular, the article seeks to highlight how a strong social work value base is essential when working with perpetrators whose apparent wilful violent controlling behaviour creates a major ethical dilemma for the practising social worker. The argument contends that strategies designed to protect and enhance the welfare of domestic violence victims, particularly those aimed at the re-education of perpetrators, are weakened when social workers do not adhere to a social work value base.
Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Pages (from-to)151-170
Number of pages20
JournalIrish Probation Journal
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2009

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