This book is a quick and accessible reference guide to the key concepts that social work students and professionals need to understand to be effective. The authors place practice at the center of the text, and include a host of case examples to bring the concepts to life.

Examining the essential topics of the social work curriculum, the concepts covered relate to practice, theory, policy and personal challenges. Further reading is included in each entry, so that the reader can explore what they have learned in more detail.

This book will be an invaluable resource for social work students during their studies and on their practice placement. It will also be useful for qualified social workers, who want to continue their professional education.

Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence

Domestic violence


Domestic violence is interpersonal abuse in intimate relationships. Some definitions limit this to partner/ex relationships whilst others include all violence within family-type settings (see Women's Aid, 2009). Both ‘domestic’ and ‘violence’ are terms which can mislead. This abuse is generally perpetrated by men against women as a means of control. In ongoing abuse situations, 89 per cent of the victims are women (Walby and Allen, 2004). Domestic violence can take place in other relationships such as between gay male partners or where an elderly relative of either sex is the victim.

Women who have experienced this ‘violence’ say that it may be physical but also includes: manipulation; restriction of access to family and friends; to money and other means of independence. It can also ...

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