Professional efficacy and working with victims of domestic violence or sexual assault

 

Author(s) Warrener, Corinne, Judy L. Postmus and Sarah McMahon
Title Professional efficacy and working with victims of domestic violence or sexual assault
Source Affilia,May 2013, Vol. 28, No. 2, pp 194-206
Date 2013
Document type Journal article
Coverage USA
Summary The aim of this study was to identify the areas that will improve professional efficacy in working with survivors of abuse. Professional efficacy was defined as a measure of confidence specific to a person's professional work and their ability to complete work-related tasks. Research has shown that training and education are important for increasing professional efficacy. For this study participants, recruited from a university social work program, completed an online questionnaire about their knowledge of, attitudes toward, and experiences with violence against women. The results indicated that professional efficacy is positively related to screening behaviours. Students who have stronger professional efficacy will be more likely to screen for victimisation with their clients. The greatest indicators of the students' professional efficacy included exposure to the issue through education, training or professional experiences, with external training a major indicator. It was also found that personal experiences with violence were not significantly related to professional efficacy in working with survivors
Keywords Domestic violence; social work; intimate partner violence; sexual assault
Topic

Service delivery; domestic violence