An Analysis of Social Work's Capacity to Tackle Domestic Violence by…
An Analysis of Social Work's Capacity to Tackle Domestic Violence by Men Against Women
Domestic Violence - The Context
Cultural influence and variations cross nationally
How do DV rates differ across the world?
How do attitudes towards DV differ across the world?
What is the UK situation?
Current approaches in social work - brief
Mother blaming, ignoring dads, child protection focus, CJS
What is domestic violence?
Legislation in the UK
Relatively recent shift in criminalising DV
Historically viewed as private matter
Coercive control legislation - 2015
Domestic Abuse Bill - 2021
Causes of DV
Ideas about masculinity - the role of attitudes and beliefs
Adherance to traditional masculine norms
Power and control - patriarchy
Hegemonic masculinity (Connell)
Ambivalent sexism (Glick) & hostile sexism
Certain types of trauma and links with certain types of DV
Correlation between ACEs and DV
Is DV predominantly a "male problem"? Why?
What about women who abuse men?
Typology of DV perpetrators (Johnson)
Particular links with alcohol
Economic dependency preventing women leaving (Bornstein)
How does Social Work respond?
Fear of working with dangerous men
Criminal justice approaches
Successes - what does social work do well?
Failures - what isn't working?
Language we use
Do we believe men can change?
The same men go through services again and again
Barriers to social work's impact
Cultural ideas - the power of cultural attitudes and beliefs
How much impact can one profession really have if DV stems from longstanding beliefs about male and female roles?
Can social work influence the beliefs of the people it works with?
Are factors leading to DV different across different classes? Do they require different approaches?
Resourcing issues - lack of money in social work generally and particularly for working with men who are domestically violent
Social workers may be averse to working with dangerous men
Does a CJS focus work? Do we criminalise men and then make the situation worse? (Goodmark, 2018)
The rise of Incel communities, backlash against feminism, pornography
Other societal responses
Programmes aimed at changing attitudes towards women
Trauma informed responses