Domestic violence is a serious problem in the United States although it remains seriously underreported.
Almost 25 percent of women and eight percent of men said at some point in their lives they have been raped and/or physically assaulted by a current or former spouse, cohabiting partner or dating partner or acquaintance, according to U.S. Department of Justice data.
And each year about 1.3 million women and 835,000 men are physically assaulted by an intimate partner.
Social workers are at the forefront in preventing domestic violence and treating victims of domestic violence.
For instance, social workers provide counseling and support through shelter programs, individual counseling, and court advocacy. Social workers also advocate for programs and legislation to address domestic violence.
Domestic Violence Awareness Month is in October. The National Association of Social Workers through its 1,000 Experts Campaign has social workers available to help you understand the scope of domestic violence, how to recognize signs it is occurring and what can be done to help victims, and how to prevent future violence.
If you would like to arrange an interview with a NASW expert:
E-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Call us at (202) 336-8324