ERIC Number: ED435915
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999
Domestic Violence: The Case for Social Advocacy.
Arnold, Mary Smith; Sobieraj, Karen
In order for counselors to more effectively serve their clients and contribute to an environment that is life enhancing for women and girls as well as for men and boys they must advocate an end to all violence against women. In a national study of women who escaped from battering, participants rated the effectiveness of formal help sources from very effective to somewhat effective. Results from the study reveal that participants selected women's groups and battered women's shelters as more effective than counseling or social services. These results indicate that counselors have much work to do if they are to effectively serve clients and help end violence within society. This paper discusses domestic violence and provides statistical information concerning its occurrence. Social advocacy strategies, client advocacy, and legislative advocacy in relation to domestic violence are discussed. Counselors are encouraged to act as advocates for victims of domestic violence and to continue to push for the eradication of violence against women. A list of recommended readings and a list of websites, organizations, and hotlines are provided. (Contains 10 references.) (MKA)
Descriptors: Advocacy, Counselor Role, Family Violence, Family Violence Shelters, Females, Resources
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Note: Chapter 11 in "Advocacy in Counseling: Counselors, Clients, & Community"; see CG 029 604.