When Battered Women Stay… Advocacy Beyond Leaving (2 Credit Hours)

Program Summary: This course explores the complex work of preserving a battered woman’s right to make decisions about her life and her family.  The article explores assumptions within the domestic violence field that leaving abusive relationships is the best approach to ending domestic violence.  The author broadens the discussion by proposing an expanded advocacy for survivors who choose to stay.

NASW ethical standard 1.02:  Self Determination:  “Social workers respect and promote the right of clients to self­ determination and assist clients in their efforts to identify and clarify their goals. Social workers may limit clients’ right to self­ determination when, in the social workers’ professional judgment, clients’ actions or potential actions pose a serious, foreseeable, and imminent risk to themselves or others.”

This course is recommended for social workers and is appropriate for beginning and intermediate levels of practice.  This course does not meet the ethics requirement for National Certified Counselors.

Author: Jill Davies

Publisher: National Resource Center on Domestic Violence

Read the article at: https://www.freestatesocialwork.com/articles/BCS20_Staying.pdf

Program objectives: To enhance professional knowledge, practice, and values by discussing an expanded advocacy for domestic violence victims who choose to stay with their abusive partners.

Learning objectives: Describe the ethical principle of self-determination and how it relates to working with battered women.  Identify issues of safety planning and risk for battered women who choose to stay; for battered women who choose to leave.  Explain the concept of ‘a victim’s unique life path.’

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1: The stories of Sheila and Ben and Nellie and Junior describe women who seek help in
2: Most domestic violence advocacy programs have a wide range of resources and options to help battered women who remain in their relationships or stay in contact with current or former partners.
3: Over the years, the domestic violence movement has gotten very good at helping victims
4: Leaving an abusive partner guarantees physical safety.
5: Leaving an abusive partner can mean
6: Asking for help to fix the violence is a(n) _________ request.
7: The view that ___________ is the answer to domestic violence is so strong that it has become the standard by which victims are judged.
8: Expanding our safety strategies beyond leaving will allow us to be advocates for
9: This paper is saying
10: The author talks about the importance of listening carefully to victims.  When we listen to victims, we care ___________ about what happens to their partners.
11: Victims' safety plans are stronger when they are based on
12: When the decision is to stay, potential benefits for children might be
13: Safety for children requires strategies that are
14: Children are very likely to have contact with their fathers, whether their mothers leave, stay in their relationships, or stay in contact.

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Free State Social Work, LLC, provider #1235, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Free State Social Work, LLC maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 9/6/2021 - 9/6/2024. Social workers completing this course receive 2 continuing education credits.

Free State Social Work has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP NO. 6605. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Free State Social Work is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

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