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Exploring Social Work Treatment of Domestic Violence Respondents Who Attempt to Suicide
domestic violence;suicide attempter;social worker
|Issue Date: ||2019-10-28|
As yet, there has been a steady annual increase in the number of incidents of domestic violence. According to the Statistics of Reported Incidents of Domestic Violence provided by the Ministry of Health and Welfare in Taiwan, there were 130,367 reported incidents in 2018. This suggests a gradual yearly increase in the number of reported incidents. In addition, domestic violence is receiving more attention from the government and the public because of the rising number of incidents. In Taiwan, extant mechanisms for handling incidents of domestic violence include victim protection and education and treatment for respondents. In this process, however, social workers are assigned to play a role in protecting victims and educating and working with respondents. Social workers are on the front lines of domestic violence response, and are confronted with numerous emergency incidents, adversity, stress, and frustrations when these social workers, under the governmental request, interfere in the families in which incidents of domestic violence occur. These issues, which seem simple but are essentially challenging, need to be attended to and resolved. It is crucial to explore how each case of a client’s death by suicide due to familial stress affects these client’s caseworkers, as well as how the social workers’ on-the-job state of mind is changed by a client suicide. The questions that arise from these cases deserve exploration as well.
This study thus aims to explore the services that social workers provide to the respondents for incidents of domestic violence related suicidal attempts. This study expects to understand whether respondents for incidents of domestic violence apply their stereotypes of social workers to the process of receiving services from social workers, how social workers perceive the transition of the suicidal incidents of respondents, how social workers conceptualize their role, what the expectation of their role in the process of delivering services is, and how social workers adjust themselves after being confronted with adversity.
This qualitative study conducted in-depth interviews with six social workers that worked with respondents of incidents of domestic violence. The results suggested that social workers showed a definite three-stage process in reframing and reinterpreting their service processes for clients who attempted suicide after being respondents of incidents of domestic violence, and that the role as social workers contains five connotations, including educators, agents, coordinators, mediators, and counselors. This study also examines the difficulties, impact, and learning and coping strategies that social workers adopted in the process of delivering services to clients who had suicide attempts and were the respondents of incidents of domestic violence. Finally, this study provides recommendations for future research, clinical practices, and social policies.
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