Title

Beyond saving lives: lived experiences of social workers caring for children of domestic violence

Date of Completion

2005

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Keywords

Domestic Violence, Social Workers, Child

Abstract

This study applied the qualitative design through the phenomenological approach with the grand tour question “What are your experiences as a social worker caring for children who are victims of domestic violence?” The participants of the study are five (5) registered social workers selected through purposive sampling technique. Two (2) of them are employed at Nayon ng Kabataan in Mandaluyong and the other three (3) are employed at the Municipal Office of DSWD in General Trias, Cavite. The participants were personally interviewed by the researchers with the aid of a tape recorder. Transcriptions were made after each interview and Collaizi’s method was employed in analyzing data. The findings of the study led to the conclusion that caring for children who are victims of domestic violence is difficult especially if the victims are not cooperative with the interventions provided by the social workers, such as counseling, social interactions, and schooling. There are factors that they consider as hindrances like the social, political and economic concerns of the victims. The lived experiences tested the participants’ patience, determination and commitment to their vocation despite the difficulties. People stereotyped them as donors and suppliers of goods and mocked at by other professionals but they continue to work for the welfare of the children by restoring the normal life of the victims.

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