Community Needs Assessment : Domestic Violence Among Men

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Community Needs Assessment: Domestic Violence Among Men
Introduction
The profession of social work encompasses several characteristics that meet the needs of marginalized populations. In Las Cruces, New Mexico there has been an absence of assisting domestic violence among men. Recognizing the issue can allow social workers to empower and advocate for clients. It is apparent the scrutiny these individuals endure can be difficult for them to ask for help. In order to better serve our clients, social workers are expected to assess their needs, recognize potential discrimination, and identify resources that are available in the community.
Target Population
The topic our group chose for this assignment is domestic violence in New Mexico; more constricted to domestic violence toward men. Domestic violence is considered to be one of the biggest problems and a huge issue in America’s society today. According to the article, the statistics given by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence; 1 in 4 women will be victims of domestic violence at some point in their lives, 1.3 million women are assaulted by their partner every year, and 85% of domestic violence reported is against women (Ruth, 2012). In a survey conducted by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) in 2010, it was found that 40% of the victims of brutal domestic violence are men (Ruth, 2012).
Interestingly other intra groups such as the same sex couples experience domestic violence at the same rate as…
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