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Social Work and Family Violence, Second Edition

SKU# 9780826133489

Theories, Assessment, and Intervention

Author: Joan McClennen PhD, Amanda M. Keys PhD, LCSW, Michele Day PhD, MSW

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The second edition of this comprehensive text for MSW and BSW students studying family violence is fully reorganized for improved flow of information, is substantially revised, and is updated to reflect current scholarship and practice. Focusing on child abuse and maltreatment, intimate partner violence (IPV), and older adult abuse, the book covers assessment procedures and evidence-based treatments used by social workers with victims and perpetrators of all age groups and of both genders. It provides expanded information on agencies advocating on behalf of children including child advocacy centers, guardians ad litem, and court-appointed special advocates as well as child welfare laws and policies. The textbook provides updated information related to IPV and vulnerable/at-risk populations including sex trafficking victims, veterans, and male victims. The second edition also features more in-depth theoretical information integrated with case studies, and new information regarding technological issues and criminal justice reform.

The authors address assessments and interventions for adult victims of family violence, adult survivors of child abuse, child witnesses of domestic violence, adolescent victims of dating violence, older adult victims of abuse, and both male and female perpetrators of abuse. The text encompasses several features that make it particularly useful in the classroom, including real-life case studies in every chapter, key terms, and discussion questions. An updated and robust instructor package includes a fully revised Test Bank and more detailed PowerPoints.

New to the Second Edition:

  • Aligns with 2015 CSWE Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards
  • Adds updated news articles to help stimulate discussion on chapter content
  • Updated instructor package including fully revised Test Bank
  • Updated and expanded PowerPoint presentations
  • Expanded information in the child maltreatment section on child advocacy centers, guardians ad litem, and court-appointed special advocates
  • A new child maltreatment case example and SMART plan
  • Updated child welfare laws and policies
  • Expanded coverage of safety planning and protection orders for IPV victims
  • New coverage of IPV and sex trafficking
  • Expanded coverage of IPV with male victims and their female perpetrators
  • Coverage of multiple vulnerable and at-risk populations
  • Use of pet therapy and service dogs for IPV in military
  • Updated material on causation of older adult abuse
  • Inclusion of instrument to screen for maltreatment
  • Expanded chapter on assessment and intervention of older adult abuse
  • Example of a possible risk assessment for older adults

Product Details 

  • Publication Date August 22, 2016
  • Page Count 426
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826133489
  • EISBN 9780826133496

About The Author(s) 

Joan C. McClennen, PhD, MSW,

is Full Professor, Missouri State University School of Social Work. Prior to her academic career, Dr. McClennen held counseling and administrative positions in the areas of child abuse, mental health, and children’s services. She authored the first edition of

Social Work and Family Violence

and co-edited

A Professional’s Guide to Understanding Gay and Lesbian Domestic Violence

. She contributed chapters to various social work textbooks including the

Handbook of Research with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Populations


Social Work Practice with Children and Families


Family Health Social Work Practice


Strategies to Overcome Oppression and Discrimination for Marginalized Groups

; and

Family Health in Social Work Practice

. Her articles appear in numerous professional journals such as the

Journal of Interpersonal Violence, Journal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services


Family Therapy, College Student Journal,


Research on Social Work Practice.

She has made presentations at local, state, national, and international conferences. These writings and presentations are combined with her service on behalf of social justice for vulnerable populations.

Amanda M. Keys, PhD, LCSW, is an Assistant Professor and BSW Coordinator for Missouri State University School of Social Work. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Missouri. Prior to coming to MSU, she served as a Director of Field Education for a small private university. Before entering academia, Dr. Keys spent over a decade in front-line and administrative positions in child welfare. Her primary research interests are in child welfare services and organizations, family engagement in early childhood education, burnout, turnover, and retention of social work professionals, family violence, and social activism with BSW students.

Dr. Michele Day is a social worker and gerontologist (Ph.D. University of Missouri, Columbia, 2008). As Associate Professor, she teaches and researches health topics for the Missouri State School of Social Work where she serves as director. Her publications can be found inContemporary Rural Social Work, Journal of Social Work in End-of-Life & Palliative Care, Journal of Gerontological Social Work, Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, and Telemedicine and e-health. Prior to an academic career Dr. Day worked in the continuum of care for older adults in the Southwest Missouri region (M.S.W. Washington University, St. Louis, 1986). She also has experience in the fields of Child Welfare, Mental Health and Community Organizing.

Table of Contents 




1. Introduction to Family Violence

Categories of Family Violence

Family Health Perspective

Family Violence and the Social Worker Code of Ethics

Social Workers and Family Violence



2. Introduction to Child Maltreatment

Theoretical Perspectives of Child Maltreatment

A Brief Historical Timeline of Child Welfare Policies

Definition of “Childhood”

Care for Families and Children in Need

The Case of Mary Ellen and Modern Policies for Abused Children

Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA)

Other Child Welfare Agencies

Definitions and Types of Child Maltreatment

Physical Abuse

Sexual Abuse and Exploitation

Emotional Abuse


Other Forms of Abuse

Prevalence of Child Maltreatment

Child Abuse and Neglect

Child Characteristics

Family Characteristics



3. Identifying and Investigating Child Maltreatment

Identifying Child Maltreatment

Signs of Potential Physical Abuse

Signs of Potential Sexual Abuse

Signs of Potential Emotional Abuse

Signs of Potential Neglect

Reporting Child Maltreatment

Mandated Reporters

Privileged Communication

Criteria for Reporting

Where to Report

What to Report

Legal and Ethical Issues in Reporting

False Reporting

Failure to Report



Investigation and Child Protective Services

Step 1: Identifying and Reporting

Step 2: Screening

Step 3: Initial Investigation and Assessment

Step 4: Family Assessment

Step 5: Planning

Step 6: Service Provision

Step 7: Evaluation of Family Progress

Step 8: Case Closure

Alternative Responses to CPS

Recurrent Reports



4. Criminal Justice and Child Maltreatment

Government Branches and Laws

The Criminal Justice System

Juvenile Courts

Criminal Courts

Other Professional Roles in Child Maltreatment

Law Enforcement

Multidisciplinary Teams

Child Advocacy Centers

Guardian Ad Litem

Court-Appointed Special Advocates

Issues in Child Interviewing

Testifying in Court

Expert Witnesses

Children as Witnesses



5. Consequences of Child Maltreatment and Continuum of Care

Consequences of Child Maltreatment

Symptoms by Types of Abuse

Symptoms by Age at Time of Intervention


Young Children


School-Aged Children


Symptoms Exhibited by Maltreated Children

Neurobiological and Cognitive Symptoms

Physical Symptoms

Emotional Symptoms

Children With Special Needs

Intergenerational Violence

Resilience in Victims of Violence

Services for Maltreated Children

In-Home Care Alternatives

Out-of-Home Care Alternatives

Permanency Planning

Children in Foster Care

Policies of Foster Care

Foster Parent Programs and Professionals



6. Assessment and Intervention in Child Maltreatment

Assessments for Maltreated Children

Interventions With Maltreated Children

Intervention Examples

Interventions by Type of Maltreatment

Additional Interventions With Maltreated Children

Animal-Assisted Therapy

Dyadic Developmental Therapy

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing

Adult Survivors of Childhood Maltreatment



Interventions With Adult Survivors



7. Child Witnesses of Intimate Partner Violence

Child Abuse and Intimate Partner Violence

Impact of Violence on Child Witnesses

Impact of Violence by Children’s Age



School-Aged Children


Social Workers in Child Abuse and Partner Violence Systems

Assessment of Child Witnesses

Intervention With Child Witnesses



8. Introduction to Intimate Partner Violence

Intimate Partner Violence Defined

Theoretical Perspective on IPV

Gender-Inclusive IPV

Male Victims of Female Perpetrators

History of IPV

Violence Against Women Act

Types of IPV

Physical Abuse

Sexual Abuse

Psychological Abuse

Economic Abuse


Prevalence and Incidence of IPV

National Family Violence Surveys

National Crime Victimization Survey

National Violence Against Women Survey

Prevalence Among At-Risk Populations

Dating Violence

Financial Costs of IPV



9. Dynamics of Intimate Partner Violence

Power and Control

Cycle of Violence

Learned Helplessness

The Battered Woman Syndrome

Why Victims Stay




10. The Criminal Justice System and Intimate Partner Violence

Orders of Protection

The Court System

The Process

Mandatory Arrest

No-Drop Policies

Effectiveness of IPV Policies

Changing Policies

IPV and Firearms

Roles of Social Workers



11. Assessment and Intervention With Victims of Intimate Partner Violence

The Problem-Solving Model

Engagement of Clients

Assessment of Clients

Assessment for Intimate Partner Abuse

History Taking

Determining the Primary Batterer and Victim

Lethality Assessment

Assessing for Co-Occurring Conditions

Assessment Instruments

Planning/Contracting With Clients

Safety Plan

Other Planning Steps

Implementation and Intervention

Crisis Intervention

Cognitive Trauma Therapy

Survivor Therapy Empowerment Program (STEP)

Feminist Therapy

Strengths-Based Approaches

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

Exposure Therapy

Motivational Interviewing

Creative Arts Activities

Web-Based Approaches

Other Approaches

Social Workers’ Professional Use of Self



12. Perpetrators of Intimate Partner Violence

Characteristics of Perpetrators

Male Perpetrators

Female Perpetrators

Theories Underlying Causes of IPV Perpetrators

Bowen’s Family Systems Theory

Feminist Theory

Object Relations Theory

Attachment Theory

Cognitive Behavioral Theories

Family Health Perspective

Typologies of Perpetrators

Gelles and Straus’s Model

Holtzworth-Munroe and Stuart’s Model

Engagement Process With IPV Perpetrators

Assessment of IPV Perpetrators


Motivation to Change

Assessment Instruments

Intervention/Treatment for Perpetrators

Various Approaches

Duluth Models

Psychodynamic–Psychotherapeutic Models

Mind–Body Bridging

Solution-Focused Models

Strengths-Based Models

Intervention for Female Perpetrators



13. Intimate Partner Violence Among Diverse and At-Risk Populations

Women, Welfare, and IPV

Older Battered Women

Rural Women and IPV

Persons With Disabilities and IPV

Immigrant Women and IPV

Asian Americans/Native Pacific Islanders

African Americans


Native Americans

Same Gender–Oriented Partner Abuse


Needed Research

Methodological Innovations

Sex Trafficking

Theoretical Framework


Financial Costs


Criminal Justice System and Law Enforcement

Differences of Sexual Trafficking and Domestic Violence

Conclusions on Sex Trafficking

Veterans of War With PTSD

Middle Class and IPV



14. Introduction to Older Adult Abuse

Older Adult Abuse Defined

Types of Older Adult Maltreatment

Physical Abuse

Emotional or Psychological Abuse

Sexual Abuse

Financial or Material Exploitation




Prevalence of Older Adult Maltreatment

Theories of Older Adult Abuse

Who Abuses Older Adults?

Central Issues: Ageism, Self-Determination, and Least Restrictive Environment

Key Legislation and Macro Views for Older Adults and Older Adult Abuse



15. Screening and Investigation of Older Adult Abuse

Risk Factors and Identification of Abuse

Identifying Older Adult Abuse

Types of Screening Tools

Conducting the Screening

Reporting Older Adult Abuse

Adult Protective Services


Criminal Justice System



16. Older Adult Abuse: Assessment and Intervention


Assessment Instruments

Safety and Risk

Cultural Frameworks

Capacity Assessment

Caregiver Assessment

Paternalism Versus Autonomy

Safety Plan

Treatment Strategies

Caregiver Interventions



17. Prevention of Family Violence

Preventing Child Maltreatment

Public Awareness

Curricula for Children

Parent Education Programs

Home Visitation Programs

Respite and Crisis Care Programs

Recreation Programs

Public Health Campaigns

Program Evaluation

Preventing Intimate Partner Violence

Preventing Older Adult Abuse



Appendix A: Child Protective Services by State

Appendix B: Resources for Intimate Partner Violence

Appendix C: Resources for Older Adult Abuse


Related Videos 

Interview with Michele L. Dugan-Day PhD, MSW