Emotional Harm : Domestic Violence
According to Geffner (2014), domestic violence is the primary problem of today's society. Many families are suffering from this particular aspect. This concept of domestic violence also creates an ample amount of effect to their other family members such as the children of the family. In this particular case, Eddie is suffering from that aspect and his performance in studies is getting worst. Therefore, the teachers are very much aware of his situation. In order to mitigate this issue, the teachers along with the social worker Clare needs to intervene in this matter. After that, they have decided to hold a meeting with all the family members along with the other Aboriginal people in order to resolve the issue of domestic violence. The primary aim of this study is to evaluate the impact of domestic violence over Eddie. The study also aims to satisfy the fact that how this issue can be mitigated.
Assessment of Eddie’s well-being
As a result of domestic violence in the family of Jack and Jenny, the most affected person is Eddie who is literally a child. He was losing his interest in studies and he also withdrew his participation from the different activities of the school. This certain aspect mainly holds back the growth of Eddie (Lansford et al. 2014). Along with that, he was feeling the mental trauma that anything can happen to him also. In addition to that, his behaviour was changing drastically over a long period of time. Earlier he was a hard working student however this incident of domestic violence in his home got his morale down and several times he was caught sneaking from the school premises. The teacher tried to spoke with him however it resulted negatively. Eddie was not eager to discuss any kind of problems to his teacher. However, when the entire incident of domestic violence came in front of everyone, then Eddie started to cooperate with his teacher and the counsellor.
The counsellor, Clare had arranged a meeting with Eddie’s family where she spoke to every individual regarding the matter. She discussed the matter with every member and gathered the view of every member. Then they had decided to shift Eddie to his grandmother’s place for a certain period. Along with that, the counsellor also provided time to Eddie’s parents to sort out the matter in between them. However, in that particular time period, Eddie would be in regular touch with his mother and his mother would be in regular touch with the teacher. As Eddie enjoys to stay with his grandmother, therefore it may increase his performance in studies and the other activities. Along with that, Rodrigues et al. (2016) said that the constant touch with his mother would also make him feel that his mother is safe enough with his stepdad. Therefore, the decision regarding this issue can be considered as a good one and that can enhance the performance level of Eddie and make him comfortable to participate in the different school activities.
Factors preventing prioritising of Eddie's well-being
It has been discussed earlier that the domestic violence is considered as the biggest problem of the society. The different family members are the most affected one of this issue (Swanston, Bowyer & Vetere, 2014). In this particular case, Eddie who is a thirteen-year-old aboriginal child is the main victim of his family's domestic violence. His father Jack was an unemployed person and was also addicted to alcohol. Therefore, the entire amount of frustration was over Jenny, his wife. Jack used to beat Jenny very often and this particular thing made Eddie morally down. Earlier he used to be a bright and hardworking student, however now he is losing interest in his studies and also withdraws his participation from the different school activities. The children are the one who took all the activities in home seriously and think about those activities largely. Therefore, Foshee et al. (2015) said that this affects the children very much that make the morale down of that children.
However, one thing that needs to be taken into account that, Jenny never complained this issue to the local authority. She badly needed to raise the alarm regarding the domestic violence. As she was not able to meet with Eddie’s teacher in the meetings, therefore it was tough for Jenny to know about Eddie’s situation. Along with that, according to Katz (2015), both the parents need to understand one thing that the behaviour that they do in the home has an immense amount of effect over their child. Therefore, Jack needed to control his alcoholic nature in order to prevent the domestic violence (Moss, 2015). If Jenny informed the situation of domestic violence to the local authority, then the situation would be different from what is now. Along with that, Eddie enjoyed to stay with his grandmother, however, the situation of his family did not provide him with a proper level of comfort. These are the certain aspects that prevented the well-being of Eddie.
Goals and Process of intervention
According to Överlien & Aas (2016), the main aim of the intervention process is to prioritise the wellbeing of Eddie. In order to make this thing happen both the family members and the counsellor have to play an important role. As Eddie was losing his interest from studies, therefore it hampers his future objectives. Along with that, the drastic change in Eddie’s nature also made him separate from the other students and he lost his interest in order to participate in the different school activities. The process of intervention mainly required to gather all the family member to a place and discuss the issue properly (Herman, 2015). Jack and Jenny need to describe the fact that what is going on in between them. In addition to that, the level of frustration of getting jobless also works as a catalyst in this issue. According to Sargent et al. (2016), all the members need to discuss their problems with the counsellor so that it can derive a proper solution regarding this matter.
The meeting mainly derives the fact that the proper communication ca sort out the issues. Along with that, they also need to provide a proper time to themselves in order to sort out this issue (Överlien, 2017). The process of intervention included the fact that Eddie would stay with his grandmother and he would be in constant touch with his mother. That ensures Eddie about the safety of his mother. On the other hand, Jack and Jenny would stay together and would try to sort out their issue and Jenny would also be in constant touch with Eddie’s teacher. Therefore, that can ensure Eddie’s well being in his family.
Assessment of the Safety Plan
The Safety Plan in question has been well thought-out and executed to perfection. It has managed to ensure the main aim that all safety plans desire – the safety of their targeted service users and people (Humphreys & Stanley, 2015). In this case, the social workers in question have been successful in managing the interests and well-being of Eddie and his mother Jenny. In addition, they have also taken the factors and actions of Jack into consideration; instead of taking the short route by just blaming Jack for all that has gone wrong with the family in question, they have ensured that he deserves a second chance as well. This has had the positive consequences of a successful meeting between the involved social workers and the members of the family, with a promise for a next meeting being held all the same.
Another positive aspect of the safety plan is that it has considered the importance of time to utmost perfection. The neighbours wasted no time in informing authorities of the shouting going on in Eddie’s home, out of fear and concern for their safety and well-being. The timely intervention that social workers like Clare made, in this case, saved a potentially disastrous situation in the nearby future (Jaffe et al. 2017). By addressing the issues that Jack has faced and taken the help of others during the meeting has ensured that the root cause of the domestic violence conflict that has taken into serious consideration, thus exponentially increasing the chances of overall success in this regard. They have also made sure that all problems that have caused Eddie to become withdrawn and disinterested in schoolwork have been addressed properly, which in turn helps in making sure that these kinds of problems so not harm his mental, physical and emotional growth and development in any shape or form.
Issues of the Study – Actions and their appropriateness
The main issue observed in this study has been the violence that Jack has inflicted on his wife Jenny following a period of alcohol abuse. The main problem has probably stemmed from the fact that Jack lost his job around six months ago, which can be attributed to his current behaviour and frustrations. In a fit of alcohol-induced rage, he has often beaten Jenny up quite badly, which also had the unfortunate consequence of emotionally scarring and scarring Eddie. The actions taken in response to this case have been appropriate and correct.
The neighbours provided a timely intervention by altering the authorities and referring the family to the child protection organisation. The service providing social worker in question, Clare, immediately set forth to take care of the case when she tried to visit Eddie's home and tried to communicate with him properly. Upon learning the main issues, she arranged a meeting with Jenny and even communicated with Jack regarding this case. She then arranged another formal appointment and made sure that people like the Aboriginal elders (who could have provided help with this matter) were able to attend. In addition, she made sure that the negative consequences of this case have been made clear to all involved parties, and encouraged them to act in the best interests of Eddie’s development and future.
All relevant aspects of the case have been considered in a proper and efficient manner, and the steps taken have ensured that the matter has been dealt with in the most appropriate way possible. No relevant steps have been missed or omitted in this regard, either intentionally or unintentionally. In addition, the viewpoints of all involved parties have been considered appropriately, which ensures a much higher chance of success in improving the behaviour and actions of all involved people in this case (Friestino & Kelly, 2015). Since the actions have ensured Eddie’s well-being and safety, they have been in accordance with the Child Protection practices. These actions have ensured a potentially better future for Jack’s family, and have helped in averting a potentially disastrous situation in the future.
Guedes et al. (2016) agree that the social learning theory is one of the theories that can provide relevant insight in this case. It states that the sudden changes in behaviour are often brought upon a person due to the elements of the surrounding environment and personal interaction (Bobonis, González-Brenes & Castro, 2013). The factors of the surroundings often have the greatest impact on the behaviour of a person, a fact reinforced by the observation that Jack's violent behaviour towards his wife is a direct manifestation of the stress that he has undergone as a result of losing his job six months ago. This has also been observed to be the case in Eddie's situation since he has been scared of the occurrences in his home to the point of changing from a serious, diligent and hard-working student to a quiet, withdrawn and disinterested person.
According to Katz (2016), learning theory has stated that the complex behaviour displayed by a person is the modification of many simpler behaviours. Again, this is reinforced by the observations of the people involved in the reviewed case, especially Jack and Eddie. The intervention methods that have been employed have managed to take Eddie's well-being into account since his development and eventual growth into an efficient adult is what made his parents reconcile and agree to improve their current condition in the first place (Katz, Stettler & Gurtovenko, 2016). The gathered information has taken Eddie’s development into account, and he has been heard and has been visible throughout the process. He even helped Clare by providing his own inputs, and he has been instrumental in helping this case reach a satisfying conclusion.
The main factors that led to Eddie’s adversity, namely, the domestic violence inflicted by Jack on his mother Jenny have been addressed and dealt with properly. Contingency plans have been developed and kept on standby to prevent future recurrences as well (Lev-Wiesel et al. 2014).
The timely intervention by all of the involved parties as well as prompt actions taken by the involved social worker has ensured that the case has been handled in an efficient and effective manner. While most of the actions taken in this regard have been proper, the attempts to communicate only with Jenny without involving Jack in the initial stages could have been avoided. Actions like these only lead to alienating people like Jack, to the point of them developing further feelings of suspicion. These kinds of feelings can be detrimental to the relationships that these kinds of people have and can lead to further negative consequences in the future (Foshee et al. 2015). Thus, communications with Jack could have been initiated from the very beginning. Some other considerations in this regard include the effects that these kinds of cases can have on their surroundings (people living around them) and Eddie’s classmates. These factors have to be taken seriously as well, in order to prevent the negative effects of such cases from plaguing the society as a whole (Majd & Lou, 2015).
After summing up the entire study, it can be concluded that the effect of domestic violence has a great impact on the children of the family. They get mentally disturbed and it hampers their studies. Therefore, in order to mitigate this certain issue both the family members and the social workers need to take a step forward. That can enhance the performance level of the child. Along with that, the study also described the safety plan that can ensure the safety of Eddie.