Journal Article

Inter-agency Approaches to Domestic Violence and the Role of Social Services


in The British Journal of Social Work

Published on behalf of British Association of Social Workers

Volume 28, issue 3, pages 369-386
Published in print June 1998 | ISSN: 0045-3102
Published online June 1998 | e-ISSN: 1468-263X | DOI:
Inter-agency Approaches to Domestic Violence and the Role of Social Services

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The development of inter-agency initiatives as a response to domestic violence is currently enjoying widespread popularity, and was the subject of a Home Office Circular in 1995 encouraging this approach as one of the principal planks of government domestic violence policy. The Domestic Violence Research Group in the School for Policy Studies at the University of Bristol has completed a national study of inter-agency approaches to domestic violence, supported by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, and this paper explores some of the themes identified in the research and the relevance of multi-agency domestic violence initiatives to social workers. Social services departments and voluntary sector social work agencies have a key role to play within inter-agency work of this type. The research indicates, however, that, while some social workers are active within inter-agency domestic violence forums, social services could often take a more active role with firm commitment from management. It could be suggested that social services organizations cannot afford to be absent as the new policy direction offered by inter-agency initiatives continues to grow in the future, which looks almost certain to happen. Some of the areas explored in the paper are: power differentials between member agencies; the participation (and sometimes the marginalization) of Women's Aid and the refuge movement within multi-agency work; equalities issues; and the involvement in inter-agency projects of women and children who have experienced domestic violence.

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Subjects: Social Work

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