- Student type: Domestic
- Degree type: Degree
- Degree(s): Master of Social Work
Master of Social Work
I am a practitioner at a family violence intake and assessment organisation. This organisation explores options for support and services available to work with victim-survivors and perpetrators of family violence and their children. We receive referrals from Victoria Police, professionals within the community and Child Protection as well as self-referrals.
On a typical day at work, I will be allocated a few high-risk cases to respond to. I will telephone, or see in person, the female victim-survivors or perpetrators and complete needs and risk assessments as well as providing psycho-education, information, immediate support and safety-planning. If it’s established that the client would like ongoing, longer-term support, I will connect them with other supports and services in the community. My role involves regularly liaising with police, Magistrates’ Courts, Child Protection, maternal child health nurses and many other professionals within the community.
The most rewarding part of my role is the opportunity to contribute to meaningful change within my local community regarding perceptions of family violence. I regularly have the opportunity to challenge entrenched societal understandings of family violence and traditional gender roles within our society through psycho-education with the women I speak to and through my interactions with police and other professionals. It is also rewarding to have the opportunity to use values and theories, such as feminist values and theory, and values of self-determination and empowerment, congruent to my own values in my every-day practice.
Monash helped me to prepare for this role by providing me the opportunity of placement at the organisation at which I now work. I was also allowed the autonomy to choose areas of interest for assessments which gave me the opportunity to explore my specific interests and integrate and relate these to the core values, practice areas, skills and theories of social work to develop my professional identity as a practitioner.
Within the next five years, I see myself becoming an experienced and specialist family violence practitioner. I would like to find a way to merge my interests in the intersection of family violence and the law, in order to better support victim-survivors, and also advocate for systemic change within the legal system regarding how it responds to family violence.