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Forensic Social Work...A Little Deeper Dive

Posted by GVT Admin on Aug 24, 2022 10:45:00 AM

We are quite surprised but pleased by our readers' enthusiastic response to our recent blog on forensic social work. Social workers and workers from other professions were so intrigued by the work that forensic social workers do within the criminal justice system that they asked if we would flesh out a little more the career details of the forensic social work specialty. If you're considering a career in forensic social work, here's an overview you may find helpful.

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Topics: Juvenile Justice, what social workers do, Victim Services, Adult Re-Entry

Forensic Social Work

Posted by GVT Admin on Aug 3, 2022 10:45:00 AM

There are over 111,565 forensic social workers currently employed in the United States, but few people have any idea what they do. Forensic social workers are involved in both criminal and civil cases that can include termination of parental rights, juvenile and adult justice services, corrections, and mandated treatment. They fight against oppression that is exhibited through exploitation, marginalization, powerlessness, violence, criminalization, and cultural dominance or imperialism. Forensic social workers assist individuals of all ages, handling child custody, juvenile arrest, and child maltreatment, elder abuse, divorce, civil disputes and criminal offending and imprisonment. As counselors they may provide psychosocial counseling, group counseling or mediation services. As a case manager or liaison, they link the legal world with the field of social work. They may be employed across a wide variety of settings such as court systems, mental health agencies, rehabilitation centers, correctional facilities, hospitals, child and family agencies, prisons, and faith-based institutions.

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Topics: Juvenile Justice, what social workers do, Victim Services, Adult Re-Entry

Causes and Types of Domestic Violence – What You Need to Know

Posted by GVT Admin on Jul 7, 2022 12:45:00 PM

Victims' of domestic violence are frequently traumatized and perplexed, believing there is no way out of their predicament. However, many survivors have difficulty recognizing the abuse. Understanding and recognizing the various types of domestic violence is essential for leaving an abusive environment.

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Topics: Family and Child Welfare, Child Abuse, Victim Services

Human Trafficking

Posted by GVT Admin on Nov 17, 2021 9:55:21 AM

Few Americans can look at "human trafficking" with clear vision. The legacy of slavery in America is so distasteful that we prefer to remain in denial and look away from this modern iteration of slavery. Latin American countries, however, where many of the victims are preyed upon, take a much harder look at this criminal depravity and proactively strive to curtail its devastation.

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Topics: Special Reports, Victim Services, human trafficking, social issues

News from NIJ Publications...Human Trafficking

Posted by GVT Admin on Jul 30, 2021 11:31:20 AM

For survivors, Justice is more About healing and Preventing Future Trafficking!

Today is World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, when we to raise awareness about human trafficking, and promote and protect the rights of trafficking victims. 

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Topics: Government, Victim Services, human trafficking

The Death of Trust...Victim Services

Posted by GVT Admin on Mar 3, 2021 12:30:00 PM

We are taught as children that we can trust our parents, our teachers, our religious leaders, the police, the mayor, and the President of the United States. It is their duty to care for us, to mean us well, and to do only good. We can trust them; until we can’t.

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Topics: Veterans Issues, caseworkers, human services, Family and Child Welfare, Child Abuse, Victim Services

Department of Justice Awards $144 Million To Improve Services for Crime Victims

Posted by GVT Admin on Oct 28, 2020 12:45:00 AM

The Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs (OJP) announced awards of more than $144 million to enhance services for victims of crime nationwide. OJJDP awarded more than $54 million to support the effective investigation and prosecution of child abuse cases and improve positive outcomes for child abuse and neglect victims. This includes OJJDP's support of children's advocacy centers (CACs) to address child abuse and neglect and training and technical assistance for CACs, multidisciplinary teams, and child abuse professionals.

OJJDP also awarded funds to support Court Appointed Special Advocate programs nationwide and the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges to improve juvenile justice and dependency systems’ response to child abuse and neglect, as well as child sexual exploitation and sex trafficking. In addition, OJP awarded nearly $101 million to combat human trafficking.

View the OJP fact sheets for additional information about the awards to improve services for victims and the awards to combat human trafficking.

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Topics: Government, grants, nonprofit funding, Victim Services

Social Workers Weigh In on the #MeToo Movement

Posted by GVT Admin on Aug 9, 2018 11:34:30 AM

We asked social workers who use our domestic violence software to help us understand what is going on with the sudden eruption of the #MeToo movement. Sweeping across the media landscape like wildfire, a tsunami of accusations began with Roger Ailes at Fox and Harvey Weinstein in Hollywood then quickly enveloped such well known T.V. personalities as Charlie Rose, Matt Lauer, Garrison Keilor, and Kevin Spacey. Even the most cynical among us was startled by the sudden collective outcry sent up by the women of Hollywood. What, we asked our colleagues, is going on here?

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Topics: mental health, social justice, Victim Services

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