Sample Social Work and Human Services Paper on Domestic violence

Domestic violence is a significant problem in the United States. Statistics from the federal Domestic Violence Victim Agency reveal that one out of every four women has been a victim of domestic violence (National Domestic Violence n.p). Domestic violence impacts victims and families on multiple levels, such as emotionally, physically, and mentally. This issue resonates with me deeply. I want to pursue a Masters of Social Work (MSW) course to help find solutions. The knowledge and skills obtained from in this course will enrich me to address the rising prevalence of domestic violence.

Specializing in making a significant impact on people’s lives and families is meaningful to me as it accords me a sense of purpose. However, as a domestic violence social worker, I can also coordinate domestic violence prevention and education programs to communities and groups, including governmental and civic organizations. These professionals educate and engage people to end domestic violence. For instance, they can teach the public to detect signs of abuse and behaviors used by perpetrators to coerce victims. Cultivating community awareness of the extent and consequences of domestic violence can enable me to make a difference in individuals’ lives and the community at large.

The social work field also inspires me because of its holistic perspective on domestic violence victims. These practitioners examine all the social factors of an individual’s life to better determine underlying forces causing the problem. Such factors may include the community, living environment and family history. I believe social work is founded on recognizing obstacles to behavioral and emotional health. Subsequently, social work practitioners can break down these barriers using appropriate intervention measures. This encourages me to assess existing and new intervention strategies of addressing domestic violence and to apply the most effective evidence-based practices. Professionally, I aspire to support domestic violence victims’ welfare by identifying successful interventions across schools, homes, and alternative environments. Pursuing the University’s MSW program with a concentration in domestic violence will present me with the opportunity to sharpen the skills necessary to fulfill my goal.

I have developed an interest in social work, especially in working with children, women, and families towards recovering from their domestic violence experiences. Helping victims overcome their abusive experiences and making the most of themselves is a rewarding career. After completing the MSW course, I will have the opportunity to encounter and support diverse people with different problems ranging from sexual abuse to physical battering, among others.  Social workers collaborate with other professionals, such as caregivers, teachers, and the police to identify the causes of domestic violence, ensure victim safety, and hold perpetrators accountable for the harm they inflict on the victims. Social workers must be committed to supporting individuals and families suffering from multiple problems such as domestic violence, child abuse and many more. The profession demands that they remain non-judgmental while delivering their social work services regardless of a victim’s religion, age, gender, race, and disability.

My previous studies have helped me become more resilient to the challenges of the profession. I completed a Diploma course in health and social care two years ago; thereafter, I decided to work full-time in the social care sector to extend my experience and knowledge in the field. While undertaking this course, I engaged in modules such as psychology, diversity, stages of human development, and applied sociological perspectives. Through these modules, I gained a rich understanding of the community, social problems and their impacts on individuals experiencing them. The modules entailed a lot of group discussions, research work, essay writing, and presentations, which are useful as they helped me develop my problem-solving, analytical, and interpersonal skills. The skills gained during this course will enable me listen and respect my clients’ views while positively contributing to their recovery.

Previously, I have worked as a volunteer care assistant at a nursing facility while studying for a qualification in health and social care. Through this role, I was able to learn how to identify and care for domestic violence victims. My work included supporting them through counseling and helping them find alternative living arrangements. The knowledge and experience gained as a volunteer propelled me into full-time employment as a care assistant at the same facility. Some of my responsibilities included providing basic and personal health care needs of patients at the domestic violence unit, as well as offering counseling to help them overcome their experiences. Notably, I have attended various training workshops organized by the Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence (KCADV), focusing on aspects such as survivors’ safety, addressing causes of domestic violence, and holding abusers accountable. Overall, my work experience has shaped me into an empathetic, generous, and caring person whose responsibility is to fight for the wellbeing of abused victims.

I chose to pursue the MSW course because it is a unique profession. Besides, family and friends who have graduated in the same course highly recommended and the student satisfaction rate is very high. I hold a great interest for the internship part of the course because it will provide real insights regarding what the job entails, the challenges expected, and how to overcome them. Since I only hold a basic understanding of the law and how it shapes the social work field, I am interested to learn more about this topic when I start the course.

 

Work Cited

National Domestic Violence. Domestic violence Statistics. 2020 Pprint. Accessed on 27th June 2020 from https://www.thehotline.org/resources/statistics