Message From the Director
The goal of the Victims of Crime: A Social Work Response: Building Skills To Strengthen Survivors project was to help professional social workers respond to the needs of adult victims of violent crime.
Why Social Workers?
More clinically trained social workers are in the U.S. labor force than psychologists, psychiatrists, and psychiatric nurses combined. In a 1995 study, nearly 38 percent of social workers identified their primary practice area as mental health services.
The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) has approximately 153,000 members across the United States. This project built on earlier NASW initiatives that raised awareness about the relationship between trauma and violence and promoted disaster training for practitioners.
Project objectives included conducting a professional awareness campaign, providing training to social workers on victims' rights and services, developing links between professional social work and victim assistance organizations, and replicating the project with other NASW chapters.
Next Steps and Recommendations
Recommendations are provided for both the social work profession and the victim assistance field.
Social workers whose specialties range from clinical to community practice will find that the victim assistance field uses their talents to facilitate individual, group, organizational, systemic, and community change.
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This document was prepared by the National Association of Social Workers under grant number 1999–VF–GX–0004, awarded by the Office for Victims of Crime,Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, and conclusions expressed in this document are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.