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Transforming Lives: The Crucial Role of Social Work in Domestic and Family Violence

Domestic and family violence knows no boundaries, affecting individuals across gender, race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status. At Therapy Pro, we recognise the pervasive nature of this issue and offer support to all who seek professional help.

Trigger warning: The story we’re about to share discusses domestic and family violence, which may be distressing for some readers. Please exercise caution if you have a personal history or sensitivity related to these topics.

In a world where approximately 1 in 3 women face physical or sexual violence by a partner at some stage in their lives, this client story shared by Jared, a Therapy Pro Social Worker, is a powerful example of professional support and advocacy in navigating the challenging journey.

The Crucial Role of Social Work: Jared’s Approach

With nearly a decade of experience as a social worker on the Sunshine Coast, Jared’s commitment to building strong community relationships has been pivotal in advocating for clients’ rights and needs.

His expertise spans mental health and counselling, aged care, socio-legal issues, housing, child safety, family violence, emotional support, specific assessments, and ongoing therapy, and he is an experienced positive behaviour support practitioner (PBSP).

Jared’s grassroots, realistic approach was precisely what his client, who we’ll call Paula, needed.

Having been let down in the past by unfulfilled promises, Paula was wary of trusting again. Jared’s first step? Jared’s professional experience allowed him to assess the situation and ensure Paula’s immediate safety and provided support and a plan to proceed with legal intervention.

“Paula had been let down in the past, experiencing practitioners who had made promises that weren’t kept.”


Jared’s approach would be different.

Paula’s Journey

Paula’s story is one of resilience. After leaving an abusive partner and spending years in transitional housing, she found herself and her autistic children terrorised by her ex-partner’s attempts to locate them.

Jared’s intervention was a turning point, offering legal support and safety planning, along with emotional healing for Paula and her children.

Through Jared’s advocacy and psychosocial assessments, Paula was able to navigate the complexities of legal proceedings, custody arrangements, and secure support services. This allowed her to continue to make plans and reach goals for herself and her family as they worked towards stability and recovery.

Jared’s comprehensive support helped Paula access vocational training and support workers for her children, marking the beginning of a new chapter.

The Impact of Domestic and Family Violence on Wellbeing

The harrowing statistics highlight the urgency of addressing domestic and family violence: it is the leading cause of death, illness, and disability for women under 45. The psychological toll on victims and their families is immense, with increased risks of depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues.

Therapy Pro’s social workers, like Jared, are trained to recognise the signs of domestic and family violence, approaching each case with sensitivity and a commitment to making a difference.

Jared’s story with Paula is one of many powerful examples of how specialised support can transform lives, providing hope and a pathway to recovery.

A Call to Action: Support Through Social Work

This story is a call to action. It illustrates the impact of compassionate and professional social work in the fight against domestic and family violence.

If you or someone you know is navigating the challenges of domestic and family violence, remember: you are not alone. Social work services are here to support and advocate for individuals, families, and communities facing these trials.

Our staff are experienced in supporting you finding the help you need navigating a crisis or advocating for you. We regularly refer to services like DVConnect, DVAC, and Mission Australia, or if you are in an immediate emergency please dial 000 and ask for help.

The Therapy Pro team, led by experienced professionals, is dedicated to offering a lifeline to those in need.

Find out more about our social work services or contact us on the form below to enquire as to our social work availability.

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