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Chapter 11 – Select Client Groups
Intimate Partner ViolenceIntimate Partner Violence (IPV) – sometimes called DV; refers to violencebetween adults who are intimates, regardless of their marital status,living arrangements, or sexual orientationsSeveral forms of IPV – sexual, physical, psychological, economic, socialisolation, stalking, and coercive controlThe economic cost of IPV has been estimated at $8.3 billion per year –including medical care, mental health services, and lost productivity inthe workplacePersonal cost for the victims and their familiesSocietal costWomen are more likely to be murdered by an intimate partner than byany other assailant; homicide by intimate partners is the 7thleadingcause of premature death for American women
Why would someone not report IPV?They view the violence as trivial or tolerable or normalThey see violence as a way to resolve conflictThey fear what will happen to their public image if the violence becomesknownThey feel shameThey fear further victimization
Implications for the helpingprofessional…They often fail to ask about violence…or only ask one partner about itThe professional needs to balance the need to probe for information (toassess for safety and risk) and the need to respect the client’s privacyand self-determination
How do you make it stop? Whatabout treatment?
Elder Abusehttps://There are estimates that for every reported elder abuse case, there are5 more that are unreportedApproximately 2/3 of all elder abuse perpetrators are family members –most often the victim’s child or spouse
Implications for the helpingprofessional…Know the elder abuse reporting laws -http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/webmga/frmStatutesText.aspx?article=gfl§ion=14-302&ext=html&session=2016RS&tab=subject5Develop rapport with adult protective services workers – they cananswer questionsDevelop clear expectations of confidentiality and limits of confidentialitywith clientsPrepare clients for potential reportsContribute to the research in this areaWhen conducting support groups on this topic, be sure the group isaware of reporting laws and the limits of confidentiality – for bothvictims groups and potential abuser groups!

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Term
Spring
Professor
Duncare
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NASW, social work values

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