Carriers of the Troublesome Violence: The Social Services’ Support for Female Victims of Domestic Violence.
(English)In: European Journal of Social Work, ISSN 1369-1457, E-ISSN 1468-2664Article in journal (Refereed) Accepted
In Sweden, the social services’ responsibility for abused women has been reinforced and clarified on several occasions since the 1990s. At the same time, the knowledge of their work is undeveloped. This article analyses the social services’ support for female victims of domestic violence with a focus on organisation, based on the concepts of specialisation and specialists. The study consists of qualitative interviews with 16 social workers in eleven municipalities. The study shows great organisational variation between the municipalities, although most have some sort of specialised units or person-bound specialisation. Colleagues, training and external supervision are factors the social workers emphasise as important in working with female victims of violence, a social problem described as both special and difficult. The different forms of organisation and specialisation influence the support the social services offer abused women.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
IPV, domestic violence, social services, crime victims, specialisation
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-128994OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-128994DiVA: diva2:934053