Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Social Work


School of Social Work

First Reader/Committee Chair

Chang, Janet


This research project examined the effect of domestic violence trainings on helping professionals. This research project sought out to measure differences in pre-test and post-test scores from study participants to assess the participants’ beliefs and knowledge regarding the dynamics of domestic violence.

The research project gathered quantitative data from a convenience sample of 28 helping professionals who participated in a domestic violence training. A series of paired samples t-test were conducted to assess differences in the pre-test and post-test scores to determine if our hypothesis was confirmed. Key findings from this study revealed that the domestic violence training was quite effective overall. In particular, participants reported increased knowledge around types of abuse, the role of culture in an abusive relationship, and safety planning strategies. Practice recommendations include providing ongoing training for students in MSW programs, continuing education for social workers who work with domestic violence victims and continued federal funding for the Violence Against Women Act.

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