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Carriers of the Troublesome Violence: The Social Services’ Support for Female Victims of Domestic Violence
Ersta Sköndal University College, Department of Social Sciences. Linköpings universitet.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5982-6411
2016 (English)In: European Journal of Social Work, ISSN 1369-1457, E-ISSN 1468-2664Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

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.

Abstract [sv]

Socialtjänstens ansvar för stöd till våldsutsatta kvinnor har förstärkts och förtydligats under flera tillfällen sedan 1990-talet. Samtidigt är kunskapen om socialtjänstens arbete begränsad. I artikeln analyseras socialtjänstens stöd till våldsutsatta kvinnor med fokus på organisering, utifrån begreppen specialisering och specialister. Studien består av kvalitativa intervjuer med 16 socialarbetare i 11 kommuner. Studien visar stor organisatorisk variation mellan kommunerna, även om de flesta har någon form av specialiserade enheter eller personbunden specialisering. Kollegor, kompetensutveckling och handledning är faktorer som socialarbetarna lyfter fram som viktiga i arbetet med stöd till våldsutsatta kvinnor, ett arbete som beskrivs som både speciellt och svårt. Organiseringen och specialiseringen påverkar det stöd som socialtjänsten erbjuder våldsutsatta kvinnor.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016.
Keyword [en]
IPV, Domestic violence, Social services, Crime victims, Specialisation
Keyword [sv]
Våld i nära relationer, Socialtjänst, Brottsoffer, Specialisering
National Category
Social Work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:esh:diva-5477DOI: 10.1080/13691457.2016.1255930OAI: oai:DiVA.org:esh-5477DiVA: diva2:1044058
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Alternativ titel: Bärare av det besvärliga våldet : Socialtjänstens stöd till kvinnor som utsatts för våld i nära relationer

Available from: 2016-11-01 Created: 2016-11-01 Last updated: 2016-11-18Bibliographically approved
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1. Det besvärliga våldet: Socialtjänstens stöd till kvinnor som utsatts för våld i nära relationer
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2016 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
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Linköping: Linköping University Electronic Press, 2016. 134 p.
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, Linköping Studies in Arts and Science, ISSN 0282-9800 ; 689
Keyword
Social work, Social services, Domestic violence, Need interpretations, Street-level bureaucrats., Socialtjänst, Våld i nära relationer, Gatubyråkrater, Behovstolkningar
National Category
Social Work Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology) Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Gender Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:esh:diva-5478 (URN)10.3384/diss.diva-130941 (DOI)978-91-7685-723-6 (ISBN)
Public defence
2016-10-14, Kåkenhus, Campus Norrköping, Norrköping, 13:15 (Swedish)
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Available from: 2016-11-01 Created: 2016-11-01 Last updated: 2016-11-10Bibliographically approved

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